What is coal used for?
Coal provides heat to make electricity and steel. It’s still the great driver of the industrial world, fuelling the power stations and steelworks of emerging and fast-growing economies.
Thermal coal is the heat source for around 40% of all electricity generated globally today. India and China’s reliance on imported thermal coal is expected to drive continued growing demand in the long term.
Metallurgical coal is an essential ingredient in blast-furnace steel production and accounts for around 70% of global steel output. Emerging markets, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, continue to drive demand for metallurgical coal — for infrastructure, housing and consumer goods.