Coal isn't going away, as rising use in China and India means it will overtake oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020

Gavin Wendt
Gavin Wendt MineLife

Coal isn't going away, as rising use in China and India means it will overtake oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020. This is despite government efforts to reduce carbon emissions, energy consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said on Monday. Global coal consumption is expected to rise by 25% by the end of the decade to 4,500 million tonnes of oil equivalent, overtaking oil at 4,400 million tonnes, according to Woodmac in a presentation at the World Energy Congress.

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