EU Energy Policy

Russian coal strengthens foothold in EU

Russia has bolstered its position as the EU’s largest coal supplier, but uncertainties in the power sector could reduce the bloc’s imports of the fuel Russia has bolstered its position as the EU’s largest coal supplier, but uncertainties in the power sector could reduce the bloc’s imports of the fuel.
By Andreas Walstad 5 April 2018 0 30297
The Staudinger black coal power plant, in Grosskrotzenburg, near Frankfurt, Germany. Part of a coal-fired power plant near Frankfurt in Germany. (EP)

The EU’s efforts to reduce its dependence on Russian gas are well known, but Europe’s reliance on Russian coal has received much less attention. 

The European Commission’s quarterly report on electricity markets, which was published last week, suggests that Russia’s share of EU coal imports is roughly the same as for gas, at around 40%

Russia accounted for 42% of the EU’s coal imports between September and November 2017, followed by the United States on 18%, Colombia on...