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Which Country is Most Dependent on Coal?

Surprisingly, China is not the world's biggest consumer of coal — South Africa is. 77 percent South Africa's energy consumption is coal-based. Though China uses the most coal — about 2 billion tons (1.8 trillion kilograms) each year — its energy consumption is 70 percent coal-based.

More Coal in Your Stocking Facts:

  • The average coal-based energy consumption worldwide is about 30 percent.

  • The United States energy consumption is about 25 percent coal-based, which is less than Germany or Japan.

  • 60 percent of the world's coal is mined underground. Surface mining, however, accounts for 80 percent of the production in Australia and 67 percent of the US production.
  • More than 5,845 million tonnes of coal are produced worldwide each year.
Discussion Comments
By anon298796 — On Oct 22, 2012

Coal is the average based energy consumption worldwide and it's 30 percent.

By coalportal — On Oct 12, 2011

There is no doubt there are many hidden costs of mining both thermal coal and metallurgical coal which don't always make coal market news.

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