Coal consumption in Pakistan is set to triple.
Data from the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has shown that coal consumption in Pakistan is set to increase from five million to fifteen million tonnes.
Pakistan is looking to coal to provide the power necessary for their economy to develop. Currently, Pakistan is producing 3.5 million tonnes coal and importing four to five million tonnes every year.
Pakistan is working with the Chinese to develop its economy, which has included the construction of coal power plants and coal import facilities.
The news of increased coal use follows the US move to use its position on the World Bank to promote the use of fossil fuels in the developing world.
This move has triggered India to call for a global clean coal alliance to promote the most efficient use of the fuel.