Primary energy consumption - leading countries 2018

Top 20 countries in primary energy consumption in 2018 (in million metric tons of oil equivalent)

by T. Wang, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Primary energy consumption - leading countries 2018 China is the largest consumer of primary energy in the world, using some 3.3 million metric tons of oil equivalent in 2018. The majority of primary energy fuels is derived from fossil fuels. China’s primary energy mix has shifted from a dominant use of coal to an increase of natural gas and renewable sources. Globally, primary energy consumption has increased over the last decade, but it is expected to experience the largest growth in emerging economies like the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China).
What is primary energy?

Primary energy is taken directly from natural resources such as crude oil, coal, and wind . For example, crude oil is refined into a secondary fuel, such as gasoline or diesel, that can be used directly. The fuels that are used for primary energy are called primary fuels. A country’s total primary energy supply is a measure of the country’s primary energy sources. On the other hand, end use energy is directly consumed by the user and includes electricity, gasoline, and natural gas.
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Top 20 countries in primary energy consumption in 2018 (in million metric tons of oil equivalent)

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