Our products in society
Our products are the building blocks for many of life’s essentials. We produce commodities in a way that cares for people and the environment, working in partnership with communities, governments and others to create a lasting positive legacy for society.
The natural resources we extract are at the heart of many vital products and services, from the building blocks of new cities to everyday items like cutlery, to the high-precision metals to produce mobile phones or jet engines.
Coal is a plentiful source of energy. Thermal (energy) coal provides a reliable fuel for baseload electricity generation and coking coal is also an important ingredient in the production of steel used to build cities, railways and other vital infrastructure.
Use of coal
Coal is used worldwide in many day-to-day goods and services that we might sometimes take for granted in our modern society – such as electricity generation, steel production and cement manufacturing.
There are two main types of coal, which have different uses:
- Thermal coal – mainly used for electricity generation.
- Coking coal (or metallurgical coal) - mainly used in the production of steel.
Coal plays a vital role worldwide in generating electricity – it is hard to imagine our lives without the lights on at home, access to our computer or a mobile phone that is charged.
Currently coal accounts for 42% of global electricity fuel, and this is set to rise to 44% by 2030.
Globally around 70% of steel produced relies on coal. Many of the goods and services we rely on in today’s society are dependent on steel – such as healthcare, telecommunications and transport.
Coal is used as an energy source in the cement industry as large amounts of energy are required to produce cement.
Cement is critical to the building industry, and is used in many different applications – such as home and office buildings, transport, the transport or collection of water (such as pipes and damns), agriculture and the production of civil works such as roads, piers and bridges.