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.