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Quarter IV

The Bettercoal Secretariat would like to thank Members, Suppliers, Assessors, partners and all the stakeholders who have worked with us in 2018 for all their invaluable support and the effort dedicated towards a global responsible coal supply chain. 

Warm wishes, good health and we look forward to continue working together in 2019.

2018 Progress and Achievements

At the beginning of this year, Bettercoal set on a path to operationalising and growing the initiative by developing robust processes, working closely with Members to further reinforce their responsibilities and obligations and expanding the geographical coverage of the coal mining companies we work with.

The progress and the achievements we have had over the last 12 months have placed the initiative on an exponential growth path for the coming years. Over 350 million tons of coal per annum come from mines which have undergone the Bettercoal Assessment Process or are committed to doing so in the coming months.

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Bettercoal Suppliers

Bettercoal has 19 Suppliers fully engaged in the Assessment Process, with operations in eight major coal producing countries, and 12 active Continuous Improvement Plans.

To date, in 2018, five new Suppliers have gone through a Bettercoal Site-Assessment:
  • Kangra Coal (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
  • Cerrejon Coal Company, Colombia
  • Prodeco Group, Colombia
  • PT Bhumi Rantau Energi, Indonesia
  • Taldinskaya Mining Company LLC, Russia
Bettercoal assessed its first metallurgical coal mine: Taldinskaya-Yuzhnaya in Russia. We hope that this will encourage more steel manufacturers to join Bettercoal either as Members or Suppliers.
RWE Power AG has signed the Letter of Commitment, officially becoming a Bettercoal Supplier and reinforcing their commitment to Bettercoal both as a Member and as a Supplier. Their lignite mines will be assessed in 2019.

Country Working Groups

Press release

Bettercoal has launched two Country Working Groups to help drive the initiative’s Country Prioritisation Strategy in Colombia and Russia. These will serve as a platform for dialogue between Bettercoal Members and the coal mining companies to develop a coordinated approach to the monitoring of the Continuous Improvement Plans (CIPs), address the risks relevant to each country, grow Supplier participation and improve communications with key stakeholders.

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Q1 2019

  • 4th Sustainability and Social Performance for Energy and Mining Sector, 28-29 January, Berlin
Anne-Claire Howard, Bettercoal Executive Director, will be speaking on the 29th of January about why a responsible coal supply chain matters in a decarbonising world.
  • PDAC, 3-6 March, Toronto
  • Eurocoke, 3-4 April, Amsterdam
Anne-Claire Howard will be speaking on the 4th of April about improving environmental performance across the coal value chain: the importance of a responsible coal supply chain.

If you are attending any of these events and want to meet us to find out more about Bettercoal, contact us at
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