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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 9th July 2018

Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the demand for coal was in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

The table below gives the demand for coal from 2010 – 2017:

UK coal demand (thousand tonnes) (1)
2010 51,324
2011 51,507
2012 64,042
2013 60,206
2014 48,295
2015 37,451
2016 17,745
2017 14,183

(1) Includes coal used for electricity generation, heat generation, coke manufacture, blast furnaces, patent fuel manufacture, energy used in coal extraction and final consumption by industry, transport, domestic and other users.

Source: Energy Trends table 2.1 June 2018 available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/solid-fuels-and-derived-gases-section-2-energy-trends