Where does our coal come from?
Ireland imports coal mainly from three countries – Colombia, Poland and Britain.
In 2014, the total amount of coal used here was 1.3 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe). Approximately 78% of this came from Colombia (Fig. 11); about 8% was exported from Poland; and imports from Britain accounted for the remaining 3%.
Most of the Colombian coal (74%, or 962,000 tonnes) was used for electricity generation in Moneypoint. The remainder was utilised in residential heating, industry, the services sector and in combined heat and power (CHP) units in industry (Fig. 12).
In that same year, we imported 104,000 tonnes of coal from Poland for home heating and 39,000 tonnes from Britain, primarily smokeless coal 1.