Energy: Does coal have a future in Europe?

Coal-fired power station in Westphalia, Germany (photo: dpa)
Coal-fired power station in Westphalia, Germany (photo: dpa)

Coal production in Europe is declining and its future is increasingly determined by the EU's environmental policies and legislation. Will these factors mean Europe will miss out on international coal markets as global demand continues to grow and will it leave itself vulnerable to the potential political instability of its new energy providers? GIS expert Dr Frank Umbach examines the role of this fossil fuel in Europe in this special report, the second in a three-part series.

EUROPEAN coal has long been seen as providing a guaranteed and affordable supply. There have been no major interruptions to production and therefore price and supply risk has been minimal.

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