Global Energy and CO2 Status Report

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    4th Apr, 2019


The IEA’s second Global Energy and CO2 Status Report released in March 2019 provides a snapshot of recent global trends and developments across fuels, renewable sources, and energy efficiency and carbon emissions, in 2018.


Global Trends

  • Energy consumption worldwide grew by 2.3% in 2018, nearly twice the average rate of growth since 2010, driven by a robust global economy as well as higher heating and cooling needs in some parts of the world.
  • As a result of higher energy consumption, CO2 emissions rose 1.7% in 2018 and hit a new record.
  • The biggest gains came from natural gas, which emerged as the fuel of choice last year, accounting for nearly 45% of the increase in total energy demand.
  • Demand for all fuels rose, with fossil fuels meeting nearly 70% of the growth for the second year running.
  • Renewables (gas, solar and wind) grew at double-digit pace, but still not fast enough to meet the increase in demand for electricity around the world.
  • As a result of higher energy consumption, global energy-related CO2 emissions increased to 33.1 Gt CO2, up.
  • Coal-fired power generation continues to be the single largest emitter, accounting for 30% of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Higher energy demand was propelled by a global economy that expanded by 3.7% in 2018, a higher pace than the average annual growth of 3.5% seen since 2010.
  • China, the United States, and India together accounted for nearly 70% of the rise in energy demand.
  • The United States had the largest increase in oil and gas demand worldwide. Gas consumption jumped 10% from the previous year, the fastest increase since the beginning of IEA records in 1971.
  • Weather conditions last year were also responsible for almost a fifth of the increase in global energy demand as average winter and summer temperatures in some regions approached or exceeded historical records.
  • Cold snaps drove demand for heating and, more significantly, hotter summer temperatures pushed up demand for cooling.

Trends by technology

  • Global gas demand expanded at its fastest rate since 2010, with year-on-year growth of 4.6%. Oil demand grew 1.3% and coal consumption rose 0.7%. Oil and coal together accounted for a quarter of global demand growth.
  • Renewables, which grew by over 4%, met around one-quarter of the growth in total primary energy demand.
  • This was largely due to expansion in electricity generation, where renewables accounted for 45% of the growth in 2018.


  • India emitted 2,299 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2018, a 4.8% rise from last year.
  • India’s emissions growth in 2018 was higher than that of the United States and China — the two biggest emitters in the world
  • India’s per capita emissions were about 40% of the global average and contributed 7% to the global carbon dioxide burden.
  • India saw primary energy demand increase 4% or over 35 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent), accounting for 11% of global growth, the third-largest share.
  • Growth in India was led by coal (for power generation) and oil (for transport), the first and second biggest contributors to energy demand growth, respectively.
  • India’s energy intensity improvement declined 3% from last year even as its renewable energy installations increased 10.6% from last year.

                                                  International Energy Agency

    • Founded in 1974, the IEA was initially designed to help countries co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in the supply of oil, such as the crisis of 1973.
    • While this remains a key aspect of its work, the IEA has evolved and expanded significantly.
    • It is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, providing authoritative analysis through a wide range of publications, including the flagship World Energy Outlook and the IEA Market Reports; data and statistics.
    • The four main areas of IEA focus are: Energy Security, Economic Development Environmental Awareness: and Engagement Worldwide.
    • India is not a member of IEA.

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