World coal use by country in 2007
The 2536 million tons in the chart above was for 2007. The 2010 number is 3200 million tons. China’s 2009 coal usage was 3000 million tons. So if China keeps 2015 to 3800 tons then it will be 3.5% growth per year (2011-2015). This is somewhat down from 8.1% growth per year (2007-2010).
This is three and half times as much coal as used by the United States. China is currently three times as much as the USA in coal usage.
China’s annual primary energy consumption (coal and nuclear and oil and other energy sources) will be kept to 4 billion-4.2 billion metric tons of standard coal by 2015, Jiang Bing, director of the development and planning department of the National Energy Administration
US and Europe are not increasing coal usage by much.
China would be close to having half of the entire world’s demand for coal in 2015.
China’s installed power-generating capacity is expected to exceed 1.4 billion kilowatts (KW) by the end of 2015, compared with a forecast 960 million KW this year.
China has adopted a low-carbon development strategy and plans to raise the non-fossil energy ratio in its total primary energy consumption to 15% by 2020, and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 40-45% by 2020 from 2005 levels, Jiang told a forum held by the State Grid Corporation of China. As a result, primary energy consumption must be kept to below 4.2 billion mt in the next five-year plan, which will run from 2011 to 2015, to achieve the two targets, Jiang added.
China’s energy consumption now stands at 2.5 mt of standard coal per capita. If left uncontrolled, consumption might rise above 7 billion mt of standard coal in 2030, Jiang said.
China’s primary energy consumption topped 3.07 billion mt of standard coal in 2009, up 30% from 2005