Natural Hazards

, Volume 95, Issue 1–2, pp 25–38 | Cite as

Climate change mitigation in the coal mining industry: low-carbon pathways and mine safety indicators

  • Bing WangEmail author
  • Chao-Qun Cui
  • Yi-Xin Zhao
  • Man Chen
  • Xiao-Chen Yuan
Original Paper


As China’s major energy source, the coal sector contributes to a significant portion of China’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the industry faces huge pressure in relation to saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. Considering Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure database as the basic retrieval source, this paper presents the status and hot spots reported in studies on the carbon emissions of the coal mining industry. The results reveal that the scientific outcomes of these studies in this field have increased sharply in the last 5 years. China University of Mining and Technology and the China Coal Research Institute are outstanding research institutes regarding this research topic. The subject distribution suggested the studies on the carbon emissions of the coal mining sector have developed into an interdisciplinary field, which includes the coal mining technology, industrial economy, management and environment. The related hot spots indicate that the energy consumed during the mining process, coal mine gas, sustainable plans for abandoned coal mines and utilization of coal gangue are the indexes for low-carbon development of the coal mining industry, which is also significant for mine disaster prevention. It should be highlighted that the coal spontaneous combustion during the coal mining process and the coal production structure represented by the number of coal mines and the minimum capacity requirement could be important factors for achieving future carbon emission reductions in the coal mining sector.


Coal mining Carbon emissions Coal mine gas Bibliometric analysis Low-carbon development 



The research gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71704178), Beijing Excellent Talent Program (No. 2017000020124G133), Yue Qi Distinguished Scholar Project of China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing), National Statistical Science Research Project by National Bureau of Statistics of China (No. 2017LY10), and Major Consulting Project of Chinese Academy of Engineering (Nos. 2016-ZD-07, 2017-ZD-03). The support from colleagues of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology are also graciously acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory for Precise Mining of Intergrown Energy and ResourcesChina University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)BeijingChina
  2. 2.College of Resources and Safety EngineeringChina University of Mining and Technology (Beijing)BeijingChina
  3. 3.Center for Energy and Environmental Policy ResearchBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina
  4. 4.School of Management and EconomicsBeijing Institute of TechnologyBeijingChina

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