China is being the top country by coal primary consumption in the world. As of 2014, coal primary consumption in China was 4.54 million thousand short tons that accounts for 51.02 % of the world's coal primary consumption. The top 5 countries (others are the United States of America, India, Germany, and Russian Federation) account for 76.93 % of it. The world's total coal primary consumption was estimated at 8.9 million thousand short tons in 2014.
The quantity of coal burned for the generation of electric power (in short tons), including fuel used for maintenance of standby service.