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Carbon cut award for coal company

A South Yorkshire-based coal company has won an award for reducing its carbon footprint by 45%.

UK Coal was given the Carbon Trust Standard after cutting its emissions over three years.

The company said its success was down to using methane taken from mines to generate electricity, upgrading its vehicles and cutting energy usage.

The firm said the reductions represented 980,000 tonnes of C02 that would have been released into the air.

'Significant achievement'

Jon Lloyd, chief executive of UK Coal, said the company had made "substantial investment" in technology and equipment to reduce its carbon emissions.

Harry Morrison of the Carbon Trust Standard said efforts to cut carbon dioxide were "even more important for companies with carbon-intensive operations such as mining".

He added: "UK Coal has made a significant achievement in reducing its corporate carbon footprint by 45%, and we welcome their continued efforts to further drive carbon out of their day-to-day business."

UK Coal, which is based in Harworth near Doncaster, is the biggest mining company in Britain.

It operates four deep mines in the Midlands and Yorkshire and has several surface mines across the country.

The Carbon Trust Standard is awarded to organisations that reduce their carbon footprint.

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