Strong decrease in the US power consumption in 2020.
Global power consumption declined for the first time since 2009 (-1.1% in 2020)
In 2020, global electricity consumption declined by 1.1% - its first decrease since 2009 despite a slowdown in 2019 – contrasting with the steady growth over the 2009-2018 period. China, which accounts for 29% of the global electricity consumption, rapidly recovered from the COVID-19 crisis and its electricity consumption grew by 3.1% in 2020 (compared to 4.5% in 2019 and +10%/year over the 2000-2018 period). In other countries, the COVID-19 had a much stronger impact on electricity demand, especially on the industrial and commercial demand of some OECD countries, where it was already following a downward trend. It declined in the United States (-3.9%, second year of decrease in a row), in the EU (-4.3%, with strong decreases in Germany, France, Italy and Spain), in the UK, in Japan, in South Korea and in Canada. It also decreased in India, where electricity demand had soared since 2000 and started slowing down in 2018, in Russia, in Latin America (especially in Brazil and Mexico), and in Africa (mainly in South Africa and Algeria). It remained stable in the Middle East (rising in Iran and declining in other countries).
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Iran exported 17 bcm of natural gas in the past year (March 2021-March 2022), according to the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), including 7.3 bcm to Iraq (43%) and 3.3 bcm to Turkey (19%). Around 98% of cities and 85% of villages in the country are connected to the natural gas transmission network. In 2020, Iran exported 11.3 bcm of natural gas and Iraq sourced 100% of its natural gas imports from Iran, totalling 5.7 bcm in 2020.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose by 7.3% in 2021, due to higher emissions from the power sector, industry and aviation; however, they remain below their 2019 levels.
India's crude oil production declined by 2.7% in the fiscal year 2021-2022 (April 2021 to March 2022) to 29.7 Mt, in line with the recent decrease in oil production due to ageing fields. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) produced 19.45 Mt of crude oil (-3.6%). With the economic recovery, refineries processed 242 Mt of crude oil in the fiscal year 2021-2022 (+9%), producing 254 Mt of petroleum products (+8.9%). In addition, natural gas output rose by 18.7% to 34 bcm in the fiscal year 2021-2022.
US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (including LULUCF) declined by 11% in 2020 to 5,222 MtCO2eq, i.e., 21% below 2005 levels, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This was driven by an 11% decrease in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion, primarily due to a 13% drop in transportation emissions driven by lower demand owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, power sector emissions also fell by 10%, reflecting both a slight decline in demand from the COVID-19 pandemic and a continued shift from coal to natural gas and renewables. In 2020, CO2 accounted for 79% of total emissions, followed by methane (11%), nitrous oxide (7%) and fluorinated gases (3%). Transport is the largest emitter sector (27%), followed by electricity (25%), industry (24%), commercial and residential (13%) and agriculture (11%).