European coal: Poland bucks the trend with an 80% increase in coal imports

Hard coal imports into the EU, at 54.9 Mt in in the first half of 2023, were down 7.5% compared with H1 2022. Poland saw the biggest swing with an increase in imports of 5.5 Mt or +80.0% to 11.6 Mt as the government insisted on sufficient coal stocks being available to ensure electricity and heat supply security during a difficult period. Notably, Finland reduced its coal use of power generation in H1 2022 to almost zero in June as it had stopped using Russian coal and was able to fire plants with alternative fuels. In 2022, large coal stocks […]

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