Welcome to Our Coal Industry Page



Coal is a combustible fossil fuel used in generating electricity, among other uses. The United States has more coal deposits available than any other fossil fuel resource, thus is our most abundant energy resource. Production in the US in 2009 was about 1,072,752 thousand short tons. Just this year (January – March), the US has exported about 17,806,595 short tons of coal.

The location of coal reserves around the world varies notably from that of oil and gas. Significant reserves are found in the United States and Russia but not in the Middle East. The United States with 28 percent and Russia with about 19 percent account for nearly half of global coal reserves. China (around 14 percent), Australia (9 percent), South Africa (about 6 percent), and Kazakhstan (around 4 percent) also have significant amounts of the world's recoverable coal reserves.

Key Coal Activities:

Webinars:

  • Stay tuned for Coal related webinars!

Trade Events:

  • China Coal & Mining 2013
    Beijing China, October 22-25
    China Coal & Mining Expo is the industry's only national event. Exhibitors at the China Coal & Mining Expo represent the array of advanced technology in the coal mining industry. Products presented at the show range from small scale mining to large scale mining, transportation, coal processing from domestic and overseas suppliers. Coal mine remediation is also represented.
    For more information, contact Jianhong Wang, Beijing, at Jianhong.Wang@trade.gov.