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Commodities at a Glance

Special Issue on Energy

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The series “Commodities at a Glance” aims to collect, present and disseminate accurate and relevant statistical information linked to international primary commodity markets in a clear, concise and reader-friendly format. This quarter’s edition of UNCTAD’s Commodities at a Glance describes world energy trade, price, production and consumption trends, with a particular focus on Africa.

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Facts and figures: Coal

This section of UNCTAD’s Commodities at a Glance on energy, describes world coal trade, price, production and consumption trends, with a particular focus on Africa. In 2007 coal accounted for 28 per cent of global total primary energy supply (see Figure 2) and remains the major fuel for electricity generation. However, coal faces increased competition from natural gas and renewable energies in global energy markets.

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