Coal: Production and Consumption #infographic

Coal: Production and Consumption #infographic

Despite the fact that the planet has over a trillion tonnes of coal reserves, climate issues are likely to keep much of it buried. The United States has the world's largest coal reserves, but it is unlikely to use them all at current output levels. China has more than half the coal reserves of the United States, but at current output levels, it will run out of coal in a few decades.

Asia will run out of coal reserves by the end of the twenty-first century if current output rates continue. Despite a 0.6 percent decrease, coal remains the world's most critical source of electricity, accounting for 36 percent of global power and 27 percent of primary energy. China is by far the largest coal consumer, accounting for 51.7 percent of global consumption.


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