How do we use coal?


Find out how many things in your life depend on coal. This short video details some of the common uses of coal, such as in the production of cosmetics, plastics and steel as well as in power stations to generate electricity. Footage courtesy of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance.

Educational value statement

  • Shows uses of thermal coal and coking coal
  • Can be downloaded as a Flash video file.

Key learning objectives

  • Students describe how coal can be used in a variety of ways.


  • Science Understanding: Earth and space sciences
  • Science as a Human Endeavour: Use and influence of science.

Australian Curriculum content statements
Science: ACSSU032; ACSHE051