Coal production dropped by record numbers in 2016, according to BP’s annual review of global energy trends. Coal production fell off by 231 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe). The decline was most prominent in two of the planet’s largest powers, the United States and China. The U.S, which elected a president dedicated to reviving the coal industry, saw production fall by 33 mtoe, an 8.8 percent fall in total usage. China, which is aggressively pursuing renewable energy, saw a drop off of 26 mtoe, a 1.6 percent change. The UK, which began a transition program to low carbon energy usage in 2009, more than halved its usage of coal, a 52.5 percent down to 12 mtoe, bringing it to its lowest levels in BP’s recorded history.
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