Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park Authority said: “The approval for a deep coal mine is a disappointing decision in the context of Cumbria’s high ambitions for achieving net zero.
In 2008 we launched the Low-carbon Lake District initiative. It is a comprehensive programme to tackle climate change in the National Park. We work in partnership with local businesses, communities and agencies to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for the impacts of climate change. We are currently updating our Partnership Management Plan for the Lake District and Climate Action and net zero has been identified as one of five strategic challenges with a mission to be a model leader, stimulating change to put us on a trajectory over five years to achieving net zero predominately through land management and transport actions. We will measure success using our pioneering Lake District carbon budget baseline as well the Cumbria carbon budget baseline. As location of the Woodside Colliery is outside of the National Park it does not impact on our own net zero ambitions but we are mindful of the developing net zero aspirations in the wider Cumbrian county.”