Key China Energy Statistics 2016

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2014 Highlights

  • China’s total primary energy consumption reached 4.26 billion tonnes of coal equivalent (tce), up 2.1% over 2013, and accounting for 23 percent of global energy consumption.
  • Primary energy grew only 29 percent as fast as the rate of GDP growth
  • China accounted for 27.5 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
  • China’s per capita CO2 emissions were 6.6 tonnes/person, 49 percent above the world average but 59 percent below that of the United States.
  • China accounted for over half of total world coal consumption.
  • In contrast, China’s oil consumption was 12 percent of world demand and natural gas was 5.5 percent.
  • Since 2000, China’s natural gas consumption grew at a rate of 15.3 percent per year.
  • China’s Western region continues to be the dominant source of increased production of oil and natural gas.
  • China added 113 gigawatts (GW) of new power plant generation capacity, of which 48 percent was fossil-fuel-based. Wind power capacity rose by 20 GW and solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity by 9 GW. Wind generation accounted for 22 percent of the global total, and PV was 16 percent of the global total.
  • Natural gas imports reached 60 billion cubic meters (m3), up 13 percent, including a 15 percent rise in pipeline gas from Central Asia, and a 10 percent increase in liquefied natural gas imports. Crude oil imports rose 9.5 percent to 6.7 million barrels/day, and coal imports fell 15 percent to 156 million tonnes.

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