Increase in South Korean imports of LNG in 2018.
Global LNG trade saw the largest boost from Asia in 2018 with growth led by China and South Korea, as Asian imports grew by 12% to a record high. China broke its LNG own import record, with a 43% increase on 2017, as environmental policies and a willingness to switch from coal to gas heating brought in additional demand.
The United States grew its LNG exports by 14%, as new LNG trains came online raising LNG production capacity by 76%, supported by high shale gas production. Australia was close behind, increasing exports by 22% as production capacity increased with the addition of the Wheatstone LNG and Ichthys LNG projects.
According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of India, renewable power capacity in India has exceeded the 80 GW mark, with 80,460 MW of renewable capacity operational as of 30 June 2019, including 29,550 MW of solar capacity and 36,370 MW of wind power capacity. In addition, power purchase agreements (PPAs) have already been signed for an additional 9.2 GW of solar power projects.
According to the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) released by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy-related CO2 emissions in the United States are expected to reverse their 2018 trend (+3%) and to decline by 2.2% in 2019. Energy-related CO2 emissions would decrease by 114 Mt in 2019 and most of the drop would come from coal-related emissions (-13%, i.e. -168 Mt); this would be the largest decline in CO2 emissions from coal since 2015. Coal-related CO2 emissions are expected to decline by a further 3.6% in 2020.
According to the latest carbon inventory submitted by the Chinese Ministry of Environment to the United Nations, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in China rose by more than 53% between 2005 and 2014, reaching 12.3 GtCO2eq in 2014. These estimates don't take LULUCF (land use, land use change and forestry) into account: according to the Ministry of Environment, total GHG emissions including LULUCF still would have risen by 17% between 2010 and 2014 to 11.2 GtCO2eq.
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the installed capacity of utility-scale (above 1 MW) battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the United States could reach 2.5 GW by 2023.