Global consumption of coal fell by a record amount last year thanks to waning Chinese demand and increasing use of cheaper gas and oil, according to data from BP. The energy giant said that demand for oil, gas and renewable energy all increased last year despite sluggish economic growth but that there was a distinct shift away from coal, the most polluting of energy sources. Oil increased its market share of global primary energy consumption for the first time since 1999, to 33pc, as low prices spurred demand. Coal retained its position as the second largest source but was the only energy type to lose market share last year, according to BP’s annual review of the energy markets.
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