According to GlobalData, China is the world’s largest producer of coal, with output of 4,397Mt in 2022, up by 8% on 2021. Over the five years to 2021, production from China increased by a CAGR of 4% and is expected to rise by a CAGR of 0.2% between 2022 and 2026. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of this market in its China Coal Mining to 2026 report. Buy the report here.

China accounts for 52% of global production, with the other largest producers being India (10%), Indonesia (7%), Australia (7%) and the US (6%). Exports of coal from China increased by 17% to 3Mt in 2022 over 2021, with the highest share being exported to Japan. China’s coal exports are expected to drop at a CAGR of 1.09% between 2022 and 2026, to 3Mt by 2026.

Leading producers of coal in China are China Shenhua Energy and China National Coal Group. China Shenhua Energy's output was 307Mt in 2021, up by 5% on 2020. China National Coal Group produced 112.74Mt, an increase of 2% on the previous year.

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