Nigeria Coal


Coal Atlas Nigeria: Introduction

How much coal should Nigeria burn to increase electricity supplies for the country? Is coal economically viable, and what health hazards does it bring to Nigerians? The Nigeria Coal Atlas has relevant facts & figures from domestic and international sources.

By Christine K

HUMAN RIGHTS: Not What We Expected

Outside the traditional coal areas in Eastern Nigeria, coal is also found in Kogi State. Okobo, a small town in Enjema District of Ankpa Local Government Area, has reserves of up to 380 million tonnes of coal. Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru, Executive Director at Global Rights Nigeria, describes the human rights perspective of coal mining in Nigeria.

By Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru

RUSSIA: The Land Without Doubt Or Debate

Coal is one of the dirtiest industries in Russia. Apart from hydropower, renewable energy is practically non-existent. Civil society groups that might push for more sustainable sources of power are few and far between. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.

By Vladimir Slivyak

CHINA: Black Fuel, In The Red

Change is under way for the world’s biggest coal consumer; consumption in 2014 was down. Renewables are up. Coal-fired power plants are working at less than full capacity. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.

By Arne Jungjohann


The US coal industry is losing market share to gas and renewables. The nation’s dirtiest fuel is giving way to cleaner alternatives. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.

By Tim McDonnell

INDIA: Rich In Coal But Poor In Energy

Coal is an important part of India’s energy mix, and consumption is rising quickly as the economy expands. Local production is not enough: strong demand is attracting imports from Australia and elsewhere. However, India has huge potential for renewable energy, especially solar and windpower. A chapter from the Coal Atlas.

By Axel Harneit-Sievers

CLIMATE CHANGE: A 2 Degrees Warmer Nigeria

Coal is pure carbon. It is the most intense carbon emitter. How will Nigeria look like in a decade or two, if carbon emissions continue unabated and if the planet warms by 2 degrees Celsius? Christine K of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Nigeria has compiled these snapshots of how climate change is already affecting Nigeria today, from north to south, and what is to come if carbon emissions continue to rise.

By Christine K