This chapter looks at coal’s changing contribution to primary energy supplies in the Asia-Pacific Region, most notably in China. It then examines how coal’s uses in the region have evolved in recent decades and how they might change in the future, paying particular attention to steam and coking coals. Attention then moves to a discussion of the region’s domestic coal production, with a brief examination of the region's coal reserves. Although the region, as a whole, is largely self-sufficient, imports and exports in the coal trade are important. The main geographical origins and destinations of trade are described, before a discussion of the constraints, risks, and challenges faced both by domestic and foreign producers, as well as end-users of the product.
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Energy Information Administration
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Gross Domestic Product
International Energy Agency
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Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent
Purchasing Power Parity
Underground Coal Gasification
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