Friday 16 May 2014

China producing and burning ‘most of the world’s coal’

China producing and burning ‘most of the world’s coal’

Coal production and consumption in China rose for the thirteenth consecutive year in 2012, according to a new report.

The nation accounts for 46% of coal production worldwide and 49% of global coal usage – almost as much as the rest of the world combined, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

It added the top ten coal producing countries supplied 90% of the world’s coal in 2012 – but China surpassed the rest.

“China produced nearly four times as much coal as the second-largest producer, the US, which had a 12% share of global production. China has accounted for 69% of the 3.2 billion tonne increase in global coal production over the past ten years”, the EIA stated.

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In terms of consumption, the top 10 countries used 85% of the world’s coal in the same year, with China leading the table. The US was the next largest, consuming 11% of the world’s total.

China’s coal usage rose by more than 2.3 billion tonnes in the past 10 years – accounting for 83% of the global increase in coal consumption.

Coal accounts for most of China’s energy usage and has maintained around 70% share of the nation’s consumption since at least 1980, the EIA said. In comparison, the fossil fuel was 18% of the energy use in the US and 28% of global energy consumption in 2012.

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Bruna Pinhoni

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