In the year 2025, countries in Asia will use half of the electricity in the world.
As Statista's Katharina Buchholz reports, according to the International Energy Agency, Asia's share of global electricity consumption has been rising quickly from just around a quarter in the year 2000.
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China is the biggest factor in this transformation. While in 2000, it used just 10 percent of the world's energy, that share is predicted to be up to 33 percent in 2025.
While Chinese population growth has now reversed, a rising standard of living is still driving rising electricity demand, for example in air conditioning. Other large countries in Asia are expected to be growing in population until the second half of the current century, meaning even more demand for electricity as these nations are growing in the number of their people and the progress of their development. Asia has been increasing its use of renewable electricity sources but, in part because of its giant demand, also relies on coal-fired electricity in many places. China, for example, has hugely grown both electricity sources in tandem.
Despite the ongoing construction in coal-power plants, emissions caused in China are expected to begin falling soon while remaining on a high level. Because of their different developmental timelines, emissions from other Asian nations are expected to keep rising. However, their individual share in Asian emissions is much smaller to begin with.
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It is, therefore, not surprising that Asia will use half of the electricity in the world by 2025 according to Statista’s reports rising from just a quarter in 2000 particularly that the continent of Asia has the world’s largest and third largest economies China and India based on PPP.
While in 2000, China used just 10% of the world's electricity, that share is predicted to rise to 33% in 2025.
With improving standards of living, population growth and industrialization and urbanization, Asia’s consumption of electricity and other sources of energy will continue to rise fast.
Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
International Oil Economist
Global Energy Expert