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Europe sees steady decline in hard coal consumption

The fall seen in the past few years is partly the result of the expansion of renewables and a switch from coal to gas in power generation The fall seen in the past few years is partly the result of the expansion of renewables and a switch from coal to gas in power generation.
By Andreas Walstad 28 August 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels 0 34527
The Datteln coal power plant in Germany. (E.On)

Recent data from Eurostat shows consumption of hard coal in the 28 EU nations fell by 4% on an annual basis in 2018, to 226 mt. Although this is not a major decline when seen in isolation, the data also shows consumption has declined by 54% since 1990. Hard coal demand seems likely to have fallen further in the first half of 2019, partly as a result of increasing levels of coal-to-gas switching in power generation.

Around 60% of the...