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World energy demand down for the first time in 30 years

8 Jun 2010

The economic and financial crisis resulted in a reduction of world energy demand in 2009 by 1% or 130Mtoe. It is the first demand decrease in 30 years and the first decrease in electricity demand since World War II.

This reversal is the result of two sharply contrasting trends. On the one-hand, China, India, and to a lesser extent other developing Asian countries continued their vigorous growth in energy demand. On the other hand, most OECD countries faced a severe drop in demand for all types fossil fuels. 2009 will therefore be remembered as the year of major shifts, with China now becoming the world leader in overall energy demand. India, with the world's third highest demand, confirms this trend of emerging countries becoming the most robust energy markets.


Enerdata is proud to release the 2010 edition of its online Yearbook, a free online interactive data software. Quality time series on supply, demand, and trade are provided for oil, gas, coal and electricity, and are updated until 2009. An intuitive and user-friendly online interface, which includes graphs and maps, allows for a powerful analysis of the latest global energy industry trends, and can be viewed globally, by world region, and by country. Data can be exported on xls files for advanced analysis.


With a comprehensive geographical coverage of 184 countries, and a multi-energy approach, this application is an introduction to Enerdata's suite of online information services dedicated to the energy industry.

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