Coal will remain a fuel of choice



International Energy Agency : Economist, engineer
China’s demand peaks around 2020 and is then steady to 2035; coal use in India continues to rise and, by 2025, it overtakes the United States as the world’s second-largest17
Coal has met nearly half of the rise in global energy demand over the last decade, growing
faster even than total renewables. Whether coal demand carries on rising strongly or
changes course will depend on the strength of policy measures that favour lower-emissions
energy sources, the deployment of more efficient coal-burning technologies and, especially important in the longer term, CCS. The policy decisions carrying the most weight for the
global coal balance will be taken in Beijing and New Delhi – China and India account
for almost three-quarters of projected non-OECD coal demand growth (OECD coal use
declines). China’s demand peaks around 2020 and is then steady to 2035; coal use in India continues to rise and, by 2025, it overtakes the United States as the world’s second-largest


WEO 2012