Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Coal Production in the Top Five Producing Nations Grew by 98% from 2000-2010

One of the reasons I don't beat the drum daily about climate change is that I think it is a behemoth that has a life of its own. I suspect eventually that man will try to geoengineer its effects, because I don't think coal burning or human addiction to fossil fuels can be curtailed because of our short sighted selfishness. Shoot me, someone, for saying that but I think I'm a realist. Look at this, below, from the EIA, and weep.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics.
Note: 2010 data for nations that in 2009 collectively produced approximately 1% of global coal were unavailable and were held constant at 2009 rates to calculate global coal production.

China produced almost half the world's coal in 2010, three times more than the United States, the world's second largest producer, and almost as much as the next 10 highest producing countries combined. While coal is found abundantly across the globe (outside of the Middle East), proven recoverable reserves and production are highly concentrated, with the top five producing nations accounting for over 75% of global production.

The top coal producers have remained relatively consistent since 2000. Among the top five producers, only the fifth rank has changed; Indonesia's coal production grew 368% from 2000-2010, moving it from 10th globally to overtake Russia as the fifth largest producer. China also saw strong growth, increasing production by 188% over that time period. U.S. coal production, on the other hand, increased by only 1% from 2000-2010.

Growth in global coal production was heavily concentrated among the top five producers. From 2000 to 2010, global coal production rose 66%, from five billion tons per year to over eight billion tons per year. However, combined production in the top five producing nations grew by 98% during this period, while production in the rest of the world grew by only 7%.



  1. Interesting article!

  2. Nice pie chart !

    I wonder what that chart in terms of BTU's produced would look like - the same, or would there be a shift in placements ?

    I suspect it would be the same, as I am under the impression that the higher densities coal has been burned already - everywhere.

  3. I assumed incorrectly is seems in my earlier post, which I guess is why it's not posted - or I goofed my posting: the EIA heading specifies 'Heat Content' AKA as BTU's, and not by volume as I'd earlier guessed.