Covid pandemic accelerates demise of European coal

The coal industry in Europe has taken a battering during the coronavirus pandemic, with a market report showing lignite production down by a third in the first half of 2020, while hard coal mining dwindled a further 16% leaving Poland the only significant producer.

by Robert Hodgson
A bucket excavator at the Welzow Sued open-pit coal mine in September. Lignite supplies a majority of Europe's total coal consumption. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
A bucket excavator at the Welzow Sued open-pit coal mine in September. Lignite supplies a majority of Europe's total coal consumption. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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