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KWES 2016 is published...

Every Fall, I wait for the publication, on the IEA website of the booklet Key World Energy Statistics (KWES) which gives the energy statistics dated two years before.  The most interesting is not so much the absolute numbers than their variation over a given period of time.  Let us start with a comparison of the world consumptions of primary energy between 2000 and 2014 :

First comment : even though the demographic growth is slowing down, it is still at the rhythm of 90 million more human beings every year.  And the world primary energy consumption grows twice as fast !
Second comment : despite the acknowledgement of the climate threat linked to the greenhouse gases emissions, the share of fossil fuels, oil, coal and gas, huge GHG emitters, did increase between 2000 and 2014.  The significant growth of the new renewable energies (windpower, photovoltaic, geothermal, etc.) did not compensate the nuclear decrease. Within the fossil package, the share of gas remained stable, but coal benefitted from the relative decrease of oil.  Let us take a closer look to coal and nuclear :

The frightening growth of coal production between 2000 and 2011 was mainly due to China, but this country started to reduce its coal consumption in 2014 while the Indian consumption is still growing.

The world nuclear production, which dived down in 2011 after the Fukushima accident, started a moderate rebound in 2013.

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