It’s World Population Day and if you think there’s enough people on this planet, prepare yourself as it’s set to get a whole lot bigger….
It’s been predicted that the global population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050 and smash through the 11 billion milestone 50 years later.
With this amount of people, it does beg the question…how much energy is being used worldwide?
To help put global consumption into scale, we’ve pulled together some facts from across the world to give you the inside scoop.
China has the world biggest population, 1.38 million (2017), so it makes sense that it’s the world’s largest energy consumer. Despite strong energy efficiency improvements, they used 4.36 billion tonnes of coal in 2016, contributing to more than half of the world’s electricity consumption. China are working hard to reduce and clean up their coal use with 13.3% of their energy coming from non-fossil fuels last year, they hope to increase this to 14.3% by the end of 2017!
To put this into perspective, China used 5.9 trillion kWh in 2016 compared to the UK’s modest 309 billion kWh… wow!
Renewables are the way forward
Renewable energy has been making its mark on the world with an unexpected growth in the market. Countries including Denmark, India and Mexico have been leading the way in generating electricity from renewable sources.
In February this year, Denmark generated enough wind energy (from onshore and offshore wind farms) to power the equivalent of 10 million average EU households!
Did you know that the solar energy available from India’s 300 clear and sunny days each year exceeds the possible energy output of all fossil fuel energy reserves in India!! They’re definitely leading solar energy generation globally, impressive.
Last, but most certainly not least… Mexico currently generate 26% of its electricity from renewable sources, with this projected to rise to 35% by 2035!
We can all make small steps to cut down on our energy usage but it’s a big job for our countries/governments to make sure we’re doing everything we can to create sustainable energy for our future, read some tips here.
We hope you enjoyed reading,