Global Coal Markets

Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
Energy, Transportation, Environment
Project Status
Completed Project
Project Duration
since/from 2008 to 2010
Commissioned by
Stanford University
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin

DIW Berlin developed in the framework of a joint research project with Stanford University's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development PESD the model Coalmod-World. Coal is not only the dirtiest but also the most consumed of all fossil energy sources worldwide. This research project aimed at capturing the current state of the main coal markets in the world, namely the US, China, South Africa, India, Australia, and Indonesia. The model-based analyses served to highlight the role of particular suppliers and consumers in the global market. In the long run, a well-founded understanding of the drivers of coal consumption and trade is important in order to be able to assess the effectiveness of climate policies.


Haftendorn, C., Holz, F., von Hirschhausen, C. (2008): Moving towards a "COAL-PEC"? DIW Berlin. Weekly Report 10/2008 | PDF, 299.84 KB

Haftendorn, C., Freund, K., Holz, F., von Hirschhausen, C. (2008): Indien: Entwicklung auf Kosten des Klimas. DIW Berlin. Wochenbericht 51-52/2008 | PDF, 300.62 KB

Haftendorn, C., Holz, F., von Hirschhausen, C. (2012): The end of cheap coal? A techno-economic analysis until 2030 using the COALMOD-World model. Fuel. Elsevier Verlag. Volume 102. Pages 305–325. DOI   2010 als Disskionspapier 1067 | PDF, 0.63 MB des DIW Berlin unter dem Titel "COALMOD-World: A Model to Assess International Coal Markets until 2030" erschienen

Haftendorn, C., Holz, F. (2009): Modeling and Analysis of the International Steam Coal Trade. The Quarterly Journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation. Volume 31, Number 4 DOI    2008 auch als Diskussionspapier 818 | PDF, 304.01 KB des DIW Berlin mit dem Titel "Analysis of the World Market for Steam Coal Using a Complementarity Model" erschienen.

Haftendorn, C., Holz, F., Winke, T., von Hirschhausen, C. (2012): Perspektiven des globalen Kesselkohlenmarktes: das COALMOD-World-Modell.
In: Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen. 62 (2012) , 3 , S. 38-43

Haftendorn, C., Holz, F., Winke, T., von Hirschhausen, C. (2012): Entwicklungen des internationalen Handels mit Kesselkohle: Lehren aus dem COALMOD-World-Modell
In: Glückauf. 147 (2011) , 12 , S. 566-571