According to a recent report, global coal demand reached an all-time high in 2023, surpassing 8.5 billion tonnes for the first time.
- The report highlights a 1.4% increase in coal demand, driven by growing energy needs in several countries and sectors around the world.
- However, the report also indicates that a turning point is on the horizon, as the major expansion of renewable energy capacity is expected to lead to a decline in global coal consumption over the next three years.
- The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts a 2.3% decrease in coal demand between 2023 and 2026, reflecting a shift towards cleaner energy sources.
- The rise in renewable energy installations, coupled with increased efforts to combat climate change, is expected to contribute to the declining role of coal in the global energy mix.
- Despite the record high demand in 2023, the report serves as a reminder that the long-term outlook for coal is changing, with renewable energy sources gaining prominence.
- The findings of the report suggest that the global energy landscape is undergoing a transformation, with coal gradually being phased out in favor of more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives.