Coal and lignite domestic consumption

Third consecutive drop in coal consumption in 2016 (-3.2%)

Breakdown by country (Mt)



UK's coal consumption plunged in 2016.

Third consecutive drop in coal consumption in 2016 (-3.2%)

China, responsible for half of world coal demand, reduced its coal use for the third consecutive year in 2016. This was due to three main factors: structural economic changes (shift away from energy intensive industries to a more services-oriented economy); strong efficiency gains in the manufacturing industry and in the power sector (shut-down of old and inefficient plants); and the government’s willingness to decarbonise the economy and limit air pollution.
Coal consumption has plunged in the North American and European countries as a consequence of the closure of a large number of inefficient coal-fired power plants mainly due to stricter environmental regulations.
Conversely, Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand) as well as India, the world’s second largest consumer since 2014, continue to strongly rely on coal to meet their electricity needs.

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