In 2018 the global leadership of coal in electricity production continues with a share of 40%, closing 2018 with a 3% of world trade (equal to 1,239 mln t). This is what emerges from the report of the President of Assocarboni, Andrea Clavarino, at the annual meeting held last night in Rome, of which we publish a wide excerpt. It confirms the growth trend that in the last 1 O years has recorded a 50% increase in the volumes marketed. Seaborne trade is expected to increase in the coming years, driven by imports from new emerging Asian economies, including India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. While Europe employs 20% coal and 26% nuclear power, an energy mix that reduces the cost of electricity bills by an average of 50%, Italy remains the only country in the world that, although not using nuclear power, registers the lower share of coal use (10%).