Contrary to the global trend: Why Russia is increasing coal production

Despite the call of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to abandon the use of coal in the name of saving nature, Russia, on the contrary, began to increase investments in this industry. At the same time, we do this not out of "harm", but on the basis of cold calculation.

It is worth noting that Western countries plan to achieve the so-called "carbon neutrality" by 2050, and by the end of 2020, global coal consumption has already decreased by 7%. At the same time, Russia is preparing to invest 10 billion rubles in the modernization of railways in order to increase the export of coal abroad, and also continues to stubbornly move to the North, where colossal reserves of this mineral are concentrated. So are we risking a bet on coal?

In fact, last year's drop in consumption was not due to the switch to alternative energy sources, but to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the demand for coal is growing along with prices. For comparison, if in the second quarter of last year the price per ton was about $ 40, now it has exceeded one hundred.

The main consumers of coal today are Asian countries, which more than compensate for the declining demand in Europe. However, this will not always be the case, which means that it is necessary to make the most of the current situation, which is what our country is doing now.

At the same time, little coal is consumed in Russia itself. Its share is 12% of the total energy balance, which fits well with the European "environmental trend".

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  1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
    Just a cat (Bayun) 15 June 2021 11: 09
    their neutrality is carbon ... paid the carbon tax and the crematorium becomes carbon neutral and carbon-free soot will fall on their heads laughing the same hypocrisy as the church.
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 15 June 2021 17: 55
    Brezhnev had this phrase:

    The economy must be economical.

    We have this coal for at least 200 years. I can compare, life allows me to do it. Heating on coal and wood is like candlelight and electric lighting. And given the fact that we have huge distances, and we have to live, coal is an ideal means of heating and electricity. And the slag that is formed during power generation and heating can be used for backfilling and laying roads. Gas treatment facilities in the USSR, the efficiency was 85-90%. And only mediocrities and agents of the State Department (green) in the USSR actively used these advantages to talk about ecology. Railways are dozens of times cheaper than laying pipelines, and pay off dozens of times faster. And these are jobs, wages, social programs. Therefore, in the USSR, in this area, there were some advantages that disappeared as soon as the miners began to knock their helmets and demand higher wages. There were no miners and there was no one to knock on helmets.

    At the same time, little coal is consumed in Russia itself.

    Name that now in Russia it is allowed to consume a lot. In the Urals, the electricity consumption rate is 90 kWh. per person per month, water - 250 liters per day per person (washing, cooking, washing, etc. per day). The minimum wage is 11300 thousand rubles per month. Soon tax on air, and on life will be. Mediocrities were rushing to power. And mediocrities do not solve problems, they create them !!
  3. oderih Offline oderih
    oderih (Alex) 27 June 2021 00: 52
    Now Bam is being modernized. There is denyuzhka. With the transportation of coal, there are congestions. At the same time, there is something to transport to Europe. Some Germans this year in the energy balance have increased the share of coal from 5 to 15%.