Energy: Coal - an underestimated energy source

China, the largest consumer of coal, uses nearly half of all coal produced in the world (photo:dpa)
China, the largest consumer of coal, uses nearly half of all coal produced in the world (photo:dpa)

Power shifts and political revolutions have recently highlighted the need for Europe to reduce its dependence on imported oil and gas supplies and instead to rely more on indigenous energy resources such as coal. In this special report, the first of three, GIS expert Dr Frank Umbach looks at the strategic implications for international coal markets as global consumption of coal grows annually – and shows little sign of slowing despite global efforts to mitigate climate change.

THE importance of Europe's domestic energy resources and its need to reduce its energy dependence on politically and economically unstable countries has been highlighted in the recent revolutions and military in...

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