The objective of the Sustainable Energy Technologies Reference and Information System (SETRIS) at Directorate-General Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is to collect, harmonise and validate information on sustainable energy technologies and to perform related techno-economic assessments to establish, in collaboration with all relevant national partners, the scientific and technical reference information required for debate on a sustainable energy strategy in an enlarged EU and with a view to global sustainable development. Produced for SETRIS, this study aims to estimate the... supply prospects for coal by 2030 and beyond as a function of likely demand. The goal of the study is not to project future coal demand, supply and prices, but rather to highlight some facts and trends that may seriously affect coal supply in the future. The analysis is based on a critical review of a number of literature sources, complemented by the author’s analysis. Marc Steen, Fred Starr and Aliki Georgakaki (JRC-IE) are thanked for their contribution with comments, remarks and suggestions. This report is complemented by an additional report entitled “Coal of the Future”, EUR 22644 EN, prepared by Energy Edge Ltd (UK) as external consultants. The latter report aims at further clarifying some important techno-economic points identified in the present report in relation to coal supply.