Coal production and consumption continue to decline: Eurostat data
Coal production has fallen by 80% since 1990 compared to 2020
Production and consumption of fossil fuels continue to decrease even during 2020, following a trend that had been observed in 2019 and that now continues, more or less continuously, since 1990. According to Eurostat statistics, last year coal consumption decreased by 35% and lignite consumption by 33% compared to 2018. Certainly, the coronavirus pandemic has affected these results, although experts are convinced that the most obvious effects will occur in a few years' time.
Lignite also follows the trend of hard coal: according to Eurostat data, 264 million tonnes were consumed in 2020, 64% less than in 1990. 95% of the total consumption of lignite in the EU is attributable to 6 countries: Germany (44%), Poland (19%), the Czech Republic (12%), Bulgaria, Romania and Greece, and the data on the production of lignite are almost equal, as this resource is almost always consumed in the countries of production (while trade is very limited).