Coal is one of the major non-renewable fossil energy sources of the world which provides 27% of global primary energy needs and generates 41% of the world's electricity.
Total Global Hard Coal Production has been almost doubled in the last 20 years. In the year of 1990 it was 3497Mt, in 2008- 5794Mt and in the year of 2009 the coal production has reached at 5990Mt.
Total Global Brown Coal/Lignite Production was 965Mt in 2008 and 913Mt in 2009.
Brown coal production decreased by 5.4% in 2009. Germany remains the world’s largest brown coal producer, despite production decreasing by around 2.9% in 2009. Brown coal production increased slightly in Canada and India.