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Natural gas domestic consumption

Gas consumption declined by 1.4% in 2020, with a sharper drop in OECD countries (-2.5%)

Natural gas domestic consumption

Gas consumption declined by 1.4% in 2020, with a sharper drop in OECD countries (-2.5%)

Breakdown by country (bcm)

Trend over 1990 - 2020 - bcm


% in total consumption (2020) - Mtoe



Dynamic demand in the Middle East

Gas consumption declined by 1.4% in 2020, with a sharper drop in OECD countries (-2.5%)

Global gas consumption decreased by 1.4% in 2020, though at a slower rate than other types of fossil energies In the USA, the largest gas consumer, it decreased by 1.3% in 2020. The gas consumption is however on an upward trend over the last decade due to fuel switching from coal, especially in power generation. Despite the pandemic, natural gas consumption increased by 7.2% in China. Consumption fell in the EU (-3.2%), especially in France (-7.3%) and Italy (-4.4%), and in producing countries such as Russia, Australia, Algeria and Egypt. It continued to decline in Japan due to a lower demand from the power sector (lower electricity consumption and increased competition from nuclear reactors and renewables). Gas consumption rebounded in South Korea (+1.1% after -3.1% in 2019) Gas consumption declined in Latin America (-7.8%) with significant drops in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

Global Energy Trends - 2021 Edition

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According to Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency, the country's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 3.6% in 2020 to 58 MtCO2eq. The decrease in emissions is reflected in most sectors with the exception of increases in residential, agriculture  and public services. In the energy sector, GHG emissions fell by 7.9% (-0.74 MtCO2eq), as peat-fired power generation halved and renewable power generation increased noticeably (+15% from wind), covering 42% of the Irish power mix. Residential emissions grew by 9% (+0.59 MtCO2eq), as a result of colder temperatures, historic low oil prices (impacting heating choices), and home working. Emissions from transports fell by nearly 16% (-1.9 MtCO2eq) due to transport restrictions. Overall, Ireland's GHG emissions are still only 7% below 2005 level. The country committed under an EU agreement known as the Effort Sharing Decision to cut GHG emissions by 20% between 2005 and 2020.



According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), 6.1 GW of offshore wind capacity was installed in 2020 (down from 6.2 GW in 2019), including 3 GW in China, 1.5 GW in the Netherlands, and 0.7 GW in Belgium. More than 35 GW of offshore wind capacity is currently operational, with 29% of the total in the UK, 28% in China and 22% in Germany.



South Africa’s total greenhouse gas emissions excluding FOLU (forestry and other land use) increased by 14% between 2000 and 2017 to 513 MtCO2eq, according to the country’s 7th National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Report. The energy sector is the largest contributor to emissions excluding FOLU (80%) and is responsible for 97% of the increase over 2000-2017. Energy industries were responsible for 61% of emissions from the energy sector in 2017. This was followed by transport (13%), other sectors (9%) and manufacturing industries and construction (7%).



According to the Turkish Electricity Transmission Corporation (TEIAŞ), installed wind capacity in Turkey reached the 10 GW threshold in early August 2021. Most of the capacity is located in the Izmir province (1.7 GW), followed by Balıkesir (1,300 MW), Çanakkale (850 MW), Manisa (750 MW), and Istanbul (420 MW). Wind represented 10% of the installed capacity connected to the transmission network (10,010 MW out of 98,800 MW) and over half (51.9 GW) was considered "clean" electricity. In the first half of 2021, wind power accounted for around 9% of the power generation, replacing nearly US$1bn in gas imports.