Coal lobby group Euracoal said the 11% decline in the first half of 2019, 32 million tonnes down on the same period last year, was an “entirely self-inflicted” result of EU carbon-pricing policy.
Environmental campaigners, however, said the ETS was working to accelerate to energy transition away from coal.
A market report published by Euracoal last week reported the fall in production, with hard coal down 12.9% and lignite 11.8% as hard coal mining ended in Germany and Spain. Imports also fell 7.9%.
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