The following table provides a breakdown of identified surface coal reserves in the UK.
|Current sites and licences|
|In planning process||20|
|Prospects previously identified by British Coal|
|Fully and partly proved||142|
| Source: |
The Coal Authority, March 2010
The Government's main policy objective in relation to the coal industry is to ensure that the United Kingdom is enabled to make best use of a valuable natural resource where it is economically viable and environmentally acceptable to do so.
In 2009 coal provided 28% of the UK's electricity supply.
Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2010, Department of Energy and Climate Change.