Coal production

World production of coal declined by 4% in 2015

Production fell for the first time since 1998, with large declines in Asia Pacific (-2.9%) and North America (-10.3%). There were large declines in the US (-10.4%), Indonesia (-14.4%) and China (-2%).

Coal production by region (million tonnes oil equivalent)


Coal production includes data for commercial solid fuels only. Included in the hard coal category are bituminous and anthracite. The sub-bituminous coal includes lignite and brown coal. Other commercial solid fuels are also included. The data excludes coal converted to liquid or gaseous fuels but includes coal consumed in transformation processes. 

In the coal production PDF table, the units are in million tonnes oil equivalent (mtoe). The data can also be downloaded from the Excel workbook in million tonnes.

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