Coal production in the United Kingdom (UK) 1913-2018

Coal has been a major industry in the United Kingdom since the start of the industrial revolution in the 18th century, with production estimates in 1750 at five million metric tons. In 1913, coal production had peaked at 292 million metric tons. By 1920 the coal industry employed some 1.2 million people, which was approximately 1-in-20 of the UK's work force.

Production has dropped massively since it's golden age, falling to just three million metric tons by 2018. In 2020 the UK government announced that coal would be phased out of the nations energy mix by the end of 2024.

Coal production in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1913 to 2018

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Release date

July 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

1913 to 2018

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