Global energy demand grew by 2.1% in 2017, and carbon emissions rose for the first time since 2014

Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017

Global energy demand grew by 2.1% in 2017, and carbon emissions rose for the first time since 2014

Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, 2017


Global energy demand rose by 2.1% in 2017, more than twice the previous year’s rate, boosted by strong global economic growth, with oil, gas and coal meeting most of the increase in demand for energy, and renewables seeing impressive gains. Over 70% of global energy demand growth was met by oil, natural gas and coal, while renewables accounted for almost all of the rest. Improvements in energy efficiency slowed down last year. As a result of these trends, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased by 1.4% in 2017, after three years of remaining flat.

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