Coal now back to contributing 30% of global energy consumption

According to 2011 edition of the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy, coal’s share of global energy consumption rose to 29.6% last year, the highest since 1970 and up from 25.6% a decade ago.

BP said coal consumption grew by 7.6% in 2010 the fastest growth rate since 2003. China which overtook the US as the world largest energy consumer saw its consumption grow by 10% and consumed nearly half of the global coal total.

The next largest consumer was the US with 14.8% of the world consumption followed by India with a 7.8% share of the total. Even Europe showed coal consumption growth of 3.8%.

Global coal production grew by 6.3%, with China (+9% to 3.24 Bt) again accounting for two-thirds of global growth. The US was the second-largest producer with 984.6 Mt followed by India Australia, Russia and Indonesia. Although the UK production was up by 1.8% to 535.7 Mt, production fell by 1.1% in the EU.

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