Which Country Consumes the Most Coal?

Total Coal Consumption (kt), 2015 or latest
Metals & Mining | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 127 countries in 2015, China ranked the highest in coal consumption with 4,376,326 kt followed by India and USA. On the other end of the scale was Nicaragua with 0.017 kt, Ghana with 0.017 kt and Azerbaijan with 0.178 kt.

Total coal consumption reached 8,524,992 kt in 2015 in the World according to the National Statistical Office. This is 3.62 % less than in the previous year and 22.9 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total coal consumption reached an all time high of 8,984,500 kt in 2013 and an all time low of 4,122,571 kt in 1980. The average annual growth amounted to 2.10 % since 1980.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 51.3 % of coal consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 71.0 % share while the ten largest countries some 86.2 % in 2015.

Data for more countries are available at Total Coal Consumption indicator page.

Total Coal Consumption Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Australia kt 158,349 148,601 145,301 139,312 130,711
China kt 3,320,623 3,847,153 4,287,557 4,538,507 4,678,490
Czech Republic kt 56,207 56,674 57,241 54,629 50,617
Germany kt 247,867 253,876 258,751 271,234 270,152
India kt 687,032 735,965 770,315 841,320 837,899
Indonesia kt 63,807 71,650 72,752 73,855 79,366
Japan kt 181,497 195,959 189,619 197,483 209,934
Kazakhstan kt 80,357 88,691 93,997 95,027 94,217
Poland kt 140,908 155,369 158,514 155,991 159,747
Russia kt 204,083 235,307 244,615 256,226 229,820
South Africa kt 211,825 201,418 194,735 204,801 203,601
South Korea kt 114,150 133,411 143,300 138,891 135,448
Taiwan kt 66,199 69,213 71,420 70,751 70,557
Turkey kt 108,914 105,390 111,521 111,101 92,855
USA kt 997,478 1,048,514 1,002,948 889,185 924,442