Coal

Coal supplies a third of all energy used worldwide and makes up 40% of electricity generation, as well as playing a crucial role in industries such as iron and steel.

Despite legitimate concerns about air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, coal use will continue to be significant in the future. Therefore greater efforts are needed by government and industry to embrace less polluting and more efficient technologies to ensure that coal becomes a much cleaner source of energy in the decades to come.

	Rest of World	United States	European Union	South East Asia	India	China
2001	877	750	446	52	211	1019
2003	926	758	455	58	223	1313
2005	949	796	444	79	261	1742
2007	1004	792	458	97	301	2121
2009	953	694	375	108	374	2325
2011	1019	684	400	120	420	2790
2013	1022	618	399	130	483	2920
2015	1034	523	366	166	553	2797
2017	1052	532	335	186	604	2749
2019	1056	503	308	214	665	2743
2021	1060	475	295	250	740	2816
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Source: Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2016

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