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Graphic shows EU seaborne thermal coal imports.


Europe ramps up coal imports as alternative to Russian gas

July 27, 2022 - Russia supplies 70 percent of all Europe’s thermal coal imports – which is burnt in power stations to generate electricity – but the EU is set to ban Russian coal imports from August.

European buyers have had to temporarily set aside green aspirations in a rush for coal as the region’s energy crisis deepens, ramping up shipments from Australia, South America, Colombia and South Africa while tightening the global market, according to Reuters.

Thermal coal is considered one of the most carbon-heavy energy sources and Europe had been weaning itself off the fuel to meet pollution regulations and climate targets, Reuters said.

PUBLISHED: 27/07/2022; STORY: Graphic News