Coal is an important fossil fuel resource because of large remaining deposits, relatively low production and processing cost, and potential high energy intensity. Certain issues surround utilization, however, including emissions and growing concern about climate change. The Coal Handbook: Towards Cleaner Production Volume 1 reviews the coal production supply chain from analysis to extraction and distribution. Part One explores coal characterization and introduces industrial use of coal as well as coal formation, petrography, reserves, sampling, and analysis. Part Two moves on to review coal extraction and preparation. Chapters highlight advances in coal mining technology, underground coal gas extraction, coal sizing, comminution and cleaning, and solid-liquid separation technologies. Further chapters focus on economic factors affecting coal preparation, post-treatment of coal, coal tailings treatment, and the optimization, simulation, and control of coal preparation plants. Part Three considers aspects of the coal supply chain including the management approach and individual functions such as coal blending and homogenization, transportation, and handling along the supply chain. The Coal Handbook Volume 1 is a comprehensive and invaluable resource for professionals in coal mining, preparation, and utilization and those in the power sector, including plant operators and engineers, and researchers and academics.