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World Coal Statistics – 2013

October 6, 2014

By Paul Homewood


The latest coal statistics are now out for 2013 from the World Coal Association.










There have been no huge changes year on year, but the tables below show some of the bigger ones.


  2012 2013 Inc/(Dec)
Output Mt      
China 3549 3561 12
USA 935 904 (31)
India 595 613 18
Indonesia 443 489 46
Australia 421 459 38
Imports Mt      
China 289 327 38
Japan 184 196 8
India 160 180 20



According to the WCA, there are between 113 and 134 years of global coal reserves left, based on output in 2013.

  1. Neil Hampshire permalink
    October 6, 2014 6:36 pm

    As one of the most long established burners of coal, we are often accused of having left the world legacy of CO2 for which we should “repay” the less developed nations like India and China.

    Does anyone know how much coal the UK has burnt over the past 200 years?
    How does it compare to China’s 3500 Mt every year?

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      October 7, 2014 2:45 am

      One need not feel “accused” but, rather, thanked for enhancing the amount of much needed plant growth material in Earth’s atmosphere. Way over here in western north America my tomatoes are still growing, and I thank you.

  2. Paul2 permalink
    October 6, 2014 9:26 pm

    The sad thing is that the UK doesn’t figure in those charts. Long, slow decline.

  3. Paul2 permalink
    October 6, 2014 9:28 pm

    This is depressing:

    • October 7, 2014 11:28 am

      Only if you listen to it, and why would anyone do that?

  4. Brian H permalink
    October 7, 2014 7:13 am

    GAIA adjures mankind to return as much coal-sequestered CO2 to the atmosphere as possible.

  5. catweazle666 permalink
    October 7, 2014 5:47 pm

    “According to the WCA, there are between 113 and 134 years of global coal reserves left, based on output in 2013.”

    Conventional reserves, perhaps – although those numbers smack of False Precision Syndrome to me…

    A billion-pound plan to reach untapped coal reserves under the North Sea will be under way by the end of the year, as the vast scale of the energy source beneath the North Sea is made clear.

    Scientific data of the true extent of the coal deposits on the sea bed reveals that even a tiny percentage of them would be enough to power Britain for centuries to come, says a local expert.

    Don’t tell the anti-fracking lot!

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