An anonymous reader writes: Reflecting the IEA’s increasingly global perspective, for the first time the Agency’s OECD and non-OECD Energy Balances and Statistics reports have been merged into two comprehensive global reports on energy data.
Energy data compiled shows that world energy production rose 1.5 percent from 2013 to 2014 with much of the gain – 81 percent – coming from fossil fuels. Production among fossil fuels, however, rose 0.5 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to available data, with a 3.1 percent decrease in the use of coal, which was offset by increases in oil and natural gas use, up 3 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.
A global perspective on energy use is an eye-opener that highlights the use of renewable sources, while making strides, remains an all but insignificant factor in the greater scheme of things. “While wind and solar PV continued their fast growth – 11 percent and 35 percent, respectively,” the annual study showed, together they account for just 1 percent of the globe's energy production. Hydro alone produces 2.4 percent of the world's energy, gaining at a rate of 2.5 percent from 2013 to 2014.