Comment on BP Statistical Review of World Energy

Commenting on the publication of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy today, Dr Jonathan Marshall, energy analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

"Striking in this year’s data is the scale of the shift away from coal, especially in China and the USA. The US saw an astonishing 9% fall in demand, while Chinese hunger for energy is being tempered by moves to a more sustainable growth pathway and the rapid expansion of renewables, which spells even further trouble for coal in the years to come.

“On a global scale, the surge in renewable generation puts it within touching distance of overtaking nuclear power as a major contributor to world energy use.

“Back in the UK, continued declines in both total energy consumption and carbon emissions while the economy continues to grow continues the British success story seen in the 25 years since the UN climate convention was signed, in curbing greenhouse gas emissions while growing faster than our competitors."