July 2011

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: China overtakes US as top energy consumer

China became the world’s largest energy consumer in 2010, overtaking the US during a year that saw the rebound in the global economy drive consumption higher and at a rate not seen since the afte..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

China became the world’s largest energy consumer in 2010, overtaking the US during a year that saw the rebound in the global economy drive consumption higher and at a rate not seen since the aftermath of the 1973 oil price shocks. Demand for all forms of energy grew strongly in 2010 and increases in fossil fuel consumption suggest that global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy use rose at their fastest rate since 1969. The growth in energy consumption was broad-based, with both mature Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) economies and non-OECD countries growing at above-average rates. The figures come from the publication of the 60th annual BP Statistic

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