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2023 Statistical Review of World Energy


The recently released Energy Institute’s Statistical Review of World Energy shows that energy emissions rose by 2% in 2023, surpassing 40 gigatonnes of CO? equivalent for the first time.

Global Energy Consumption and Emissions

  • Overall Increase: Global primary energy demand reached a record 620 Exajoules (EJ), marking a 2% increase from 2022 despite efforts to reduce fossil fuel dependency. Emissions intensified within the fossil fuels category, driven by rising oil and coal use alongside stable gas emissions.
    • 1EJ is equivalent to about 170mn barrels of oil.
  • Fossil Fuel Dominance: Fossil fuels constituted 5% of the global energy mix, despite a slight decrease from the previous year.
  • Regional Shifts: In Europe, fossil fuel use dropped below 70% for the first time since the industrial revolution.
  • Renewable Energy Growth
    • Record High: Renewable energy generation (excluding hydro) surged by 13% to a new high of 4,748 terawatt-hours (TWh).
    • Increased Share: Renewables now account for 8% of the global energy mix excluding hydro, up from 7.5% in 2022.
  • Oil Consumption and Production
    • Historic Milestone: Global oil consumption exceeded 100 million barrels per day (bpd) for the first time.
    • Supply Dynamics: Non-OPEC+ producers, notably the U.S., drove oil supply growth with a 9% increase in output.
  • Natural Gas and LNG
    • Stability in Production: Global gas production and consumption remained stable, with LNG supply rising by nearly 2%.
    • Leadership Shift: The U.S. surpassed Qatar as the leading global LNG supplier.
  • Coal Consumption
    • Continued Growth: Coal consumption hit a new high of 164 EJ, driven by increases in China and India.
    • Regional Comparison: India’s use of fossil fuels climbed 8 per cent, with its coal consumption overtaking the combined use in North America and Europe for the first time.

Fact Box: India’s Energy Demand and Infrastructure:

  • India is the world's third-largest energy consumer. Electricity accounts for 34 per cent of India’s total GHG emissions.
  • The country has achieved an installed capacity exceeding 400 GW, leveraging a mix of traditional fuels like coal, oil, and gas, alongside renewables such as solar, wind, biomass, and hydroelectric power.

  • India’s Climate Commitments
    • Net Zero by 2070
    • India aims to reduce its emission intensity by at least 45% from 2005 levels by 2030.
    • At least 50% of the country’s total electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030.
  • As of May 2024, Renewable energy sources, including large hydropower, have a combined installed capacity of 193.57 GW.
  • Installed capacity for Renewables:
    • Wind power: 46.42 GW
    • Solar Power: 84.27 GW
    • Biomass/Co-generation: 10.35 GW
    • Small Hydro Power: 5 GW
    • Waste To Energy: 0.59 GW
    • Large Hydro: 46.92 GW
  • India’s initiatives:
    • Electric Mobility and Vehicle Scrapping Policy: India has launched the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Scheme to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).
    • Green Hydrogen Production: India plans to establish a green hydrogen electrolyzer gigafactory in Bangalore, capable of producing 20 million tonnes (MT) of green hydrogen annually by 2030 at $1 per kilogram, valued at $20-25 billion.
    • Transportation Revolution: To achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2070, India is focusing on enhancing "walkability," public transportation, rail networks, roads, and improving vehicle efficiency.
    • Electric Vehicles (EVs): Aligned with global climate goals under the Paris Agreement, India supports the EV30@30 campaign, aiming for a 30% EV sales share by 2030.
    • Ethanol Blending in Petrol: India has advanced its target of 20% ethanol blending in petrol to 2025, aiming to reduce petroleum-related pollution.
    • 100% FDI is allowed for renewable energy generation and distribution projects subject to provisions of The Electricity Act 2003.
  • Transition to Renewable Energy: Despite fossil fuels dominating the power sector, India has set ambitious goals to increase the share of renewable and nuclear energy.

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Q3: Clean energy is the order of the day.’ Describe briefly India’s changing policy towards climate change in various international for in the context of geopolitics.  [2022]

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