Economy & Politics

These countries consume the most coal

There is reason to be optimistic about climate protection. According to BP, global energy consumption rose less sharply in 2019 than in 2018. The share of renewable energies has increased more than ever before. According to the British oil company, they accounted for more than 40 percent of the additional energy consumed. At the same time, the share of coal in the global energy mix has fallen to its lowest level in 16 years. Nevertheless, the climate killer coal remains the most important source of energy worldwide.

Coal and climate protection

A little over a third of the energy generated in 2019 was coal (36 percent), as stated in the 69th edition of the BP report “Statistical Review of World Energy”. Wind, solar and geothermal energy, on the other hand, only accounted for a tenth. Low prices could also have boosted coal consumption. For the member countries of the OECD, however, BP recorded the lowest demand since the analysis began in 1965.

Many countries are still dependent on fossil fuels for the time being. These countries consume the most coal in the world:


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