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BP estimates that renewables could account for 15% of all energy consumption by 2040

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

BP Energy Outlook summary:

The BP Energy Outlook explores the forces shaping the global energy forces shaping the global energy transition out to 2040 and the key uncertainties surrounding that transition. Insights from the Outlook help shape our strategic thinking.

The demand for energy continues to grow – largely driven by increasing prosperity in fast growing developing economies. In the evolving transition scenario, the rate of this growth however is slower than in the previous 20 years, as the world increasingly learns to produce more with less energy. Despite this, a substantial proportion of the world’s population in 2040could live in countries where the average energy consumption per personis relatively low.

Renewables are now the fastest-growing energy source in the world today and in our evolving transition scenario we estimate that they could account for 15% of all energy consumption in 2040 – and in other scenarios more. That said, oil and gas could meet at least 50% of the world’s energy needs in 2040 – even in a scenario consistent with the Paris goals, with the share of gas growing, aided by increasing use of carbon capture, use and storage.

Gas offers a cleaner alternative to coal for power generation and can lower emissions at scale. It also provides a valuable partner for renewables intermittency, delivers heating at the hightemperatures required by industry and is increasingly used in transportation. Across our scenarios, gas grows robustly, overtaking coal as the second-largest source of energy by 2030.

Oil demand grows for the next 10 years in our evolving transition scenario, before gradually levelling out due to factors such as accelerating gains in vehicle efficiency and greater use of

biofuels, natural gas and electricity. The largest source of oil demand growth is the non-combusted use of oil, for example as a feedstock for petrochemicals.


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