Germany’s coal imports rise by 8% due to the energy crisis
As the energy crisis triggered by Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, bituminous coal imports into Germany rose 8% last year.
According to an assessment by the German Coal Importers Association, this equates to 44.4 million tones.
According to the assessment, which was published for the first time in Saturday’s edition of the widely circulated German Bild newspaper, Russia was the most important supplier last year, as it exported 13 million tons of coal to Germany, but a decline of 37%.
Since August, the import of Russian coal into the European Union has been banned.
According to federation data, the United States ranked second in the list of countries that supply coal to Germany, exporting 9.4 million tons, an increase of 32% compared to the previous year, followed by Colombia and Australia, according to the German Bild newspaper.
In view of the energy crisis resulting from the lack of gas supplies from Russia as a result of the sanctions imposed on it, Germany is currently using more coal to generate electricity and has restarted coal-fired power plants, and coal energy is also used in steel production operations.