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Coal Methodology and Specifications

Clearly defined and transparent methodologies are the backbone of Platts- price assessment processes. Platts- methodologies provide detailed descriptions and explanations of how we assess the market value of commodities so that customers and other interested parties understand those processes. In this section, we post documentation by commodity and region for all published price assessments and indices.

Metallurgical Coal methodology

(as of April 2016)

The following Metallurgical Coal specifications guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Metallurgical Coal assessments throughout the world.


Coal methodology

(as of April 2016)

The following Coal specifications guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Coal assessments throughout the world. The various components of this guide are designed to give Platts subscribers as much information as possible about a wide range of methodology and specification issues.


European emissions methodology
(as of April 2015)


North American emissions methodology
(as of April 2015)


Spark Spreads Methodology
(as of March 2012)




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