Coal - 2015 in review

Global coal consumption fell by 1.8% in 2015, well below the 10-year average annual growth of 2.1% and the largest percentage (and volumetric) decline in our data set

All of the net decline was accounted for by the US (-12.7%, the world’s largest volumetric decline) and China (-1.5%), partially offset by modest increases in India (+4.8%) and Indonesia (+15%). Global coal production fell by 4%, with large declines in the US (-10.4%), Indonesia (-14.4%), and China (-2%). Coal’s share of global primary energy consumption fell to 29.2%, the lowest share since 2005.

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