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Coal & Society

Supporting global economic development

In addition to its direct role as an energy resource, coal plays a significant global role in
sustainable development.

Coal mining is a critical contributor to many economies. From providing employment, export and royalty revenues through to local services and the development of infrastructure, coal mining makes a substantial contribution to improving the livelihoods of many. This is especially true in developing countries where coal mining makes a major contribution to national economies.

These challenges also include widening access to affordable energy supplies. Today there are 1.3 billion people across the globe without access to electricity. Affordable, secure and reliable electricity supply enables economic development which is a prerequisite for poverty alleviation.

This section provides information on coal's contribution to economic development at a local level, safety at coal operations and energy security.


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Coal & Local Communities

Coal provides a significant direct contribution to economic development at a local level, particularly in developing countries.

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Safety Issues

Modern coal mines have rigorous safety procedures, health and safety standards and worker education and training.

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Coal & Energy Security

As global demand for energy continues to rise - especially in rapidly industrialising and developing economies - energy security concerns become ever more important.

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