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Coal (Sulphur Content)

Volume 130: debated on Monday 28 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will tabulate information available to him on the sulphur content of coal used (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in each other European Economic Community country for the purpose of power generation.

The average sulphur content of United Kingdom power station coal was 1·6 per cent. in 1986–87.Information on the sulphur content of coal used in other EEC countries, for power generation alone, is not readily available. The following table, however, gives independent estimates of the average sulphur content of coals used for all purposes in each of the member states in 1983.

The average sulphur content of coals used in EEC countries in 1983
CountryHard coal per cent.Brown coal per cent.
Belgium0·90·4
Denmark1·0
France0·95·5
Federal Republic of Germany1·10·4
Greece1·10·5
Ireland1·2
Italy1·00·8
Luxembourg0·8
Netherlands1·00·4
Portugal1·42·5
Spain1·45·0
United Kingdom1·5

Source: Laikin, R. E. and others (1987). Energy based emission inventories for modelling cost-effective SO2 and NOX abatement strategies in Europe. Paper presented at the International Workshop on Methodologies for Air Pollutant Emission Inventories, Paris, 29 June-2 July 1987.