World residential energy consumption is expected to grow by 48% between 2012 and 2040, according to the United States Energy Information Administration’s recently released International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) report. Population growth, an explosion of electronics consumption, and increases in residential construction and infrastructure needs will propel global energy demand for decades to come.
International Process Plants and Equipment (IPPE) buys and sells complete quality plants, processing equipment, and industrial real estate at competitive prices to help those with a stake in worldwide process industries to save time, money, and human resources when conducting business. We keep a close eye on the outlook for every industry we serve, including energy consumption and generation. Right now, IPPE’s focus for the energy industry is on the developing world.
As countries develop, living standards improve and energy demands rise accordingly. It is well-established that in nations experiencing fast-paced economic growth, a greater share of citizens demand improved housing that requires more energy to construct and maintain.1 The world’s increasing population only compounds this effect. The world had 6.5 billion people in 2005, and by 2050 this number could rise to more than 9 billion.1
Nigeria is a perfect example. As its population surged by 24% between 2005 and 2013, the West African nation emerged as a leader in oil and more than doubled its GDP. Indeed, developing countries like China, India and Nigeria have begun to rely on internally-driven economic growth rather than exports to rich nations, as their economies transition from agriculture to industry and as living standards rise.2
During the past 30 years, countries who are not members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – a group of highly-developed nations – have led world economic growth. The real GDP of OECD nations has only risen by 2.1% per year during this period, compared to a 4.9% rise per year in non-OECD nations. Of course, greater industrial production worldwide means greater energy usage. The industrial sector consumed more than half of all global energy delivered in the year 2012.
Finding trends and patterns in global energy consumption is critical to developing accurate projections of global energy use. However, regardless of fluctuations in energy resource availability, political and social climates, and demographic factors, we can be certain demand for energy will only increase from this day forward.
Accurate estimates for global energy consumption are often a moving target. For example, one should note that most of the analysis performed for the IEO2016 occurred prior to the release of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, a policy aimed at strengthening green energy standards. This plan will decrease U.S. coal consumption and increase renewable energy consumption, which will slightly impact the accuracy of the IEO2016. However, projections for electric energy consumption are still strong, and there is no doubt demand for energy will continue to grow.
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1 ”Human Population: Population Growth,” Population Reference Bureau, http://www.prb.org/Publications/Lesson-Plans/HumanPopulation/PopulationGrowth.aspx (Accessed August 7, 2016)
2 ”Developing Economies Grow Too Fast: Analysis,” CNBC, http://www.cnbc.com/id/42333857 (March 30, 2011)