Coal consumption grew by 2.5% in 2012, well below the 10-year average of 4.4% but still the fastest-growing fossil fuel
Consumption outside the OECD rose by a below-average 5.4%; Chinese consumption growth was a below-average 6.1%, but China still accounted for all of the net growth in global coal consumption, and China accounted for more than half of global coal consumption for the first time. OECD consumption declined by 4.2% with losses in the US (-11.9%) offsetting increases in Europe and Japan. EU consumption grew for a third consecutive year.
Coal consumption includes data for solid fuels only. Included in the hard coal category are bituminous and anthracite. The sub-bituminous coal includes lignite and brown coal.