Coal Atlas 2015: Facts and figures show the consequences of coal

The Coal Atlas 2015 contains the latest facts and figures on the use of coal and its environmental and social consequences. With more than 60 detailed info-graphics, the atlas illustrates the coal industry’s impact on nature, health, labour, human rights and politics.

Moreover, it sheds light on the beneficiaries of coal production and shows the current developments of the sector in China, India, the United States, Russia and Germany.

The atlas is available free in print and online at

Coal contributes more to the climate crisis than any other energy source. In 2014 it was responsible for 14.2 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions. That is 44 percent of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and more than one-quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the extraction and burning of coal causes irreversible damages to the environment and to people’s health.

In the EU alone, coal-related health problems cost up to 43 billion euro per year. Other effects of the coal industry include forced removals and repression of local residents.

“The Coal Atlas 2015 proves that there is no such thing as clean coal,” says  Jagoda Munic, chair of Friends of the Earth International. She adds: “Europe is still one of the leading coal consumers. Even in 2015, Europe still suffers from devastated landscapes because of huge coal mining projects, especially in Germany, and from toxic emissions in coal-dependent countries such as Poland.

Brussels, Belgium, 18 November 2015
The Heinrich Böll Foundation and Friends of the Earth International

Key Words: Climate Change
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