China's coal burn rate has just been upped dramatically
After 13 years of rapid growth, China today burns more coal than the rest of the world combined.
Over this period the country was responsible for more than 80% of global growth in coal usage since the start of the century.
Now a new study shows growth in coal consumption and production in China have been even more spectacular than previously thought.
According to newly released international data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) data from the China Statistical Abstract 2015 show an upward revision to China's historical coal consumption and production.
According to the EIA energy-content-based coal consumption from 2000 to 2013 is up to 14% higher than previously reported, while coal production is up to 7% higher.
These revisions also affect China's total primary energy consumption and production, which are also higher than previously reported—up to 11% and 7% in some years, respectively, mainly because of revisions to coal.
In 2014, energy-content-based coal consumption was essentially flat, and production declined by 2.6%.