Coking coal will stay on the EU list of critical raw materials following pressure from Poland, a key producer.

The updated list was published as part of the EU’s Critical Raw Materials Act, presented by the European Commission on 16 March.

Polish company Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A. is the EU’s largest producer of coking coal in the European Union.

''I am pleased that the European Commission again acceded to my appeal – especially when we cut off Russian energy sources and are accelerating the green transition.”

Jerzy Buzek, member of the European Parliament (MEP)

“We succeeded! Coking coal [will remain] a raw material in the European Union. I am pleased that the European Commission again acceded to my appeal – especially when we cut off Russian energy sources and are accelerating the green transition,” tweeted Jerzy Buzek, a former European Parliament President and currently a member of the European Parliament.

The Commission’s decision to allow coking coal to remain on the list will facilitate gaining EU funds for future investments connected to coking coal and creating jobs, said Buzek, adding that coking coal is not only essential for Poland’s steel industry, but also for enabling the construction of wind turbines, solar panels and the development of the railway industry.

The Commission published its first list of Critical Raw Materials in 2011, and has since updated it every four years with materials that ‘are crucial to technologies important to Europe’s green and digital ambitions and for defence and space applications.’

Source: Euractiv