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Tuesday, 1st December 2015

Coal Atlas 2015: Facts and Figures on a Fossil Fuel

Source: Heinrich Böll Foundation

From the Introduction:

(B)y the middle of the century, we will have to decarbonize our economy and society. A milestone on this road is the phasing out of coal-burning. That is a huge challenge: coal was, and still is, the fuel of industrialization and global economic growth. Switching to renewable energy and a more efficient economy requires nothing less than a worldwide energy revolution.

A look at the statistics shows that global demand for coal is still rising. Growth will average a rate of 2.1 percent annually through 2019. Just over half the
world’s usage takes place in China, which is by far the biggest consumer and importer. King Coal also generates 43 percent of Germany’s total energy. Even so, renewables have overtaken lignite, an especially climate-damaging type of coal, as a power source in Germany in 2014. The International Energy Agency predicts that the use of coal to
produce energy will decline in the medium term. Even in China, there are signs that consumption has peaked.

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