Distribution of selected energy sources as a share of global non-renewable energy reserves in 2016

Distribution of global non-renewable energy reserves 2016 This statistic shows the distribution of selected energy sources as a share of non-renewable energy reserves worldwide in 2016. In that year, conventional natural gas accounted for 18.1 percent of global non-renewable energy reserves.
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Share of non-renewable energy reserves
Hard coal45.1%
Conventional oil18.2%
Conventional natural gas18.1%
Lignite9%
Unconventional oil7.4%
Uranium1.5%
Non-conventional
natural gas
0.7%
Share of non-renewable energy reserves
Hard coal45.1%
Conventional oil18.2%
Conventional natural gas18.1%
Lignite9%
Unconventional oil7.4%
Uranium1.5%
Non-conventional
natural gas
0.7%
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This statistic shows the distribution of selected energy sources as a share of non-renewable energy reserves worldwide in 2016. In that year, conventional natural gas accounted for 18.1 percent of global non-renewable energy reserves.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
BGR stands for "Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe" (German Federal Institute for Geoscience and Commodities).

According to the source, the energy sources are classified as follows:
  1. Non-conventional oil: oil sands / heavy oil and oil shale
  2. Non-conventional natural gas: shale gas/tight gas, coal bed methane (CBM), gas hydrates and aquifers

The source distinguishes between "reserves" and "resources" as follows: Reserves: Quantities of energy sources which were accurately recorded and can be commercially extracted using current technologies Resources: Quantities of energy sources which are either proved but currently not commercially recoverable or expected (on the basis of geological indicators) and can be verified by exploration.

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