Distribution of global non-renewable energy reserves 2018

This statistic shows the distribution of selected energy sources as a share of non-renewable energy reserves worldwide in 2018. In that year, conventional natural gas accounted for 17.8 percent of global non-renewable energy reserves.

Distribution of selected energy sources as a share of global non-renewable energy reserves in 2018

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

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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