The report projects a decline in global coal consumption by 2.3% by 2026, marking a departure from previous forecasts.
In the current year, global coal demand is poised to reach an unprecedented high, surpassing 8.5 billion tonnes with a 1.4% increase.
However, regional variations are evident, with advanced economies, including the EU and the US, experiencing record drops of around 20%.
Keisuke Sadamori, IEA Director of Energy Markets and Security, said: “We have seen declines in global coal demand a few times, but they were brief and caused by extraordinary events such as the collapse of the Soviet Union or the Covid-19 crisis.
“This time appears different, as the decline is more structural, driven by the formidable and sustained expansion of clean energy technologies.
“A turning point for coal is clearly on the horizon – though the pace at which renewables expand in key Asian economies will dictate what happens next and much greater efforts are needed to meet international climate targets.”