Prime Minister Scott Morrison has sold his climate commitment for net zero emissions as a plan which will create jobs in coal country, but there are fears the opposite will happen.

As the world looks to “transition”, Sky News has been given an exclusive look at the resources being developed domestically to shore up the future of mines with “greener” technology.

The New South Wales Hunter region is worried about this technology as the area depends on the coal industry for both revenues from exports and employment.

In the town of Singleton, 80 per cent of residents work in the mining sector, and there are 17 active coal mines, some of which have operational licenses which will be valid for decades.

Many industries in the Hunter, however, are already looking at alternatives to coal, and there are plans to repurpose the Muswellbrook coal mine to contain four renewable energy projects.

The Hunter is also set to become home to one of New South Wales’ first hydrogen hubs as part of the state government’s commitment to net zero by 2050.

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