In 2016, world coal consumption fell by 1.7%, showing the highest pace since the record began, despite the reduction in demand for this type of fuel in most countries in the world, according to an annual report of BP Plc on global trends in energy sector.
Thus, in the years 2005 – 2015 coal consumption had grown by an average annual rate of 1.9%.
In China, the world's largest consumer of coal, coal consumption has decreased by 1.6% last year, reaching a minimum of 6 years. In the United States, a decline has been registered for the fourth year in a row. The indicator has decreased in all continents except Africa.
Germany, Europe's largest consumer of coal, has reduced the usage of this kind of fuel by 4.3%. In the UK, the demand has fallen by 52.5%.