December 2019

Steelmaking coal – 10 gifts ideas for the people on your nice list

Santa Claus is coming to town. And we all know what that means—he’s making a list and checking it twice; he’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice. For all those who land in the naughty column, Christmas stories tell us that Santa might give them a lump of coal in their stocking.

But did you know you could you be receiving stocking stuffers made using coal even if you’re on the nice list?

That’s because steelmaking coal, also referred to as metallurgical or coking coal, is an essential ingredient in the production of steel. Unlike its thermal counterpart, which is used for power generation, metallurgical coal is transformed into coke, the carbon source used to produce metals that we rely on every day.

All the coal we handle for export through Neptune Terminals is steelmaking coal, sourced from Canadian mines located in B.C. and Alberta. And this high-quality Canadian coal just may have gone into making many of the gifts under your tree or in your stocking this holiday season.


Neptune Employees pitch in to bring Christmas cheer to two local families


For the last three years, Neptune employees have been donating Christmas hampers to the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s (NSNH) Young Parents Program. This year, Neptune will be preparing hampers for two young, single-parent families who are participating in the program. Last year’s donations included kitchen supplies, bed linens, towels and two tricycles.

The North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Young Parents Program provides youth between the ages of 13 and 20 with parenting classes, regular group drop-ins, one-on-one support from a family support worker, advocacy and out-trips. It also partners with Mountainside School, helping young parents complete their Grade 12.

Contributing to the North Shore community in meaningful ways is very important to the Neptune team, who have a longstanding partnership with NSNH. We are excited to give back again to this impactful program and thank all of our employees for their generous contributions to make to two families’ holidays cheery and bright.

To learn more about the North Shore Neighbourhood House, the Young Parents Program and how you can contribute, visit