In addition to the thermal coal criteria, two new criteria on metallurgical coal were added in 2023.
For thermal coal, the scoring system is based on a score from 0 to 10 and a traditional color code (red, orange, yellow, green), to quickly identify the quality of the policies with regard to the assessed criteria.
For metallurgical coal, the scoring system is based on a score from 0 to 4, also with a traditional color code (grey – no policy, red, orange, yellow, green).
Many policies allow exceptions, use inappropriate metrics or weaken the impact of criteria by limiting their application to certain activities. In these cases, a penalty of one or two points is applied for each criterion to sanction these limitations and loopholes.
Special mark-ups and indicators are used to provide additional information.
“Best practice” here refers to the best policies to date – although none of these include strict and robust commitments for metallurgical coal. Therefore, the best commitments adopted for thermal coal have yet to be implemented in the metallurgical coal sector.