New report from Worldwatch Institute:
In 2006, China burned more than twice as much coal as any other country, according to the latest Vital Sign Update. China’s coal use amounted to 39 percent of the global total, followed by the United States with 18 percent. The European Union and India came in third and fourth place, accounting for 10 percent and 8 percent of total coal use, respectively.
The demand for coal is growing rapidly in China, which accounted for more than 70 percent of the global growth in coal use in 2006 and for more than 60 percent of the rise in coal use over the past decade. But China also leads on renewables, and is poised to achieveâ€”and even exceedâ€”its target to obtain 15 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020, according to the new Worldwatch report, Powering China’s Development.