Coal remains the most widely used means of electricity production in the world. It also happens to be the biggest emitter of climate-changing carbon dioxide of any fuel.
Despite efforts to tackle global warming, worldwide demand for coal was up one percent last year, mainly due to demand in Asia. China is by far the biggest consumer of coal which is mainly used to produce electricity.
However even in China there is now political pressure to improve air quality in urban areas, with a new trend towards using natural gas and renewables.
In 2017, after two years of declines, International Energy Agency figures showed global coal demand rising to 5.357 million tonnes of coal equivalent (TCE). Read More