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Coal consumption to reach record high in 2022, IEA report finds

Aerial view of a coal-fired factory in Chengde, China, in 2018.
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The world is on track to consume a record amount of coal this year as countries grapple with a global energy crisis.

Global coal use is set to increase by 1.2% in 2022, a marginal increase from last year but enough to surpass 8 billion tons for the first time and beat the previous record set in 2013, according to a Friday report from the International Energy Agency, a policy advisory group to 31 member countries.   

A tight supply of natural gas and higher gas prices have pushed more countries to turn toward coal, according to the report. Weather and weak nuclear power generation also played a role.

Although coal is a relatively cheap way to generate power, it is also the world’s largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions.  


Story Credit: usatoday.com

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