Energy - Carbon Brief - Key Takeaway: *Coal demand in EU and US declines, rising in China, India and South-East Asia*.
The IEA’s Coal 2018 report finds that global coal demand grew by 1% in 2017 after two years of decline. The rise was chiefly driven by global economic growth, it says. Despite recent growth, demand is still below 'peak' levels seen in 2014.
Demand is likely to 'remain stable' until 2023, the report authors say. This is because falling demand in western Europe and North America is likely to be offset by increased demand in a host of Asian countries, including India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
The further expected increase to demand in 2018 is thought to be “driven by strong coal power generation in China and India”, the report says.
Carbon Brief takes a look at the IEA’s changing coal forecasts for key world regions.