Coal in the UK - 2016
The UK consumed 17.9 million tonnes of coal in 2016, including 12.1 million tonnes in power stations.
Coal imports to the UK were 8.5 million tonnes, a decrease of 62.3% on the previous year's amount, mainly as a result of reduced power station demand. UK coal output was 51.4% less than the previous year at 4.2 million tonnes. (Over the year, 5.7 million tonnes was lifted from stock, compared to 6.9 million tonnes in 2015.)
Coal-fired power stations produced 9% of the UK's electricity generation (gas 42%, nuclear 21%, renewables 25% and others 2%).
(Source - Digest of UK Energy Statistics)
UK Coal Imports complement UK Production
Although consumption has declined dramatically in recent years, coal remains an important component of the UK's energy mix, especially in markets other than power generation, with around two thirds of the nation's requirements being imported to supplement the UK's coal production.
CoalImP - the Association of Coal Importers and Producers- believes that imported coal complements indigenous supply and that both are secure and essential parts of the UK energy balance. Coal resources are plentiful, distributed more evenly around the globe than oil or gas, and coal is capable of being transported and stored safely.