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Iran Energy Information

Iran Key Figures

Population: 82.9 million
GDP growth rate: -6.5 %/year
Energy independence: 100%

Data of the last year available: 2019
Total consumption/GDP:* 126 (2005=100)
CO2 Emissions: 7.47 tCO2/capita
Rate of T&D power losses: 11.0%

* at purchasing power parity

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Total Energy Consumption

Per capita energy consumption stands at 3.2 toe (similar to that in the Middle East or the EU average), including about 3 200 kWh in 2019.

Energy consumption has been growing more slowly since 2018 due to US sanctions (1.2%/year after 3.1% over 2010-2017) and reached 269 Mtoe in 2019.

Natural gas accounts for 68% of total energy consumption (2019). The share of oil in total consumption has halved since 2000, from 56% to 30% in 2019. Hydro represents 1.5% of the total energy consumption, while the shares of coal and biomass are below 1%.

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Crude Oil Production

Because of the new US sanctions, oil production fell by 33% to 146 Mt between 2017 and 2019 (of which 30% in 2019). This decline continued in 2020, although at a lower rhythm, with a 16% decrease for the first semester. Previously, it had dropped by 25% between 2010 and 2015 to 161 Mt, because of international sanctions. It increased by 37% from 2015 to 2017 after the lifting of these sanctions in 2016 and reached a peak at 220 Mt, above its 2003-2010 average (around 215 Mt).

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Oil Products Consumption

Oil consumption has increased slightly since 2016 after a rapid decrease between 2013 and 2016 (5.7%/year) due to the increase in motor fuel prices and low economic growth. It reached 77 Mt in 2019.

Transport is the main consuming sector with a growing share over the last years reaching 51% of the total, well ahead of industry (26% including non-energy uses), buildings (10%), and the power sector (10%).

Graph: OIL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

Interactive Chart Iran Refined Oil Products Production

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Natural Gas Consumption

Gas consumption is skyrocketing, growing 3.2-fold between 2000 and 2019 (+6.7%/year on average). It reached 212 bcm in 2019 (62 bcm in 2000).

The power sector is the largest gas consumer with 31% in 2019, closely followed by the building sector (i.e. residential-services sector) with 28% and industry (27%). The share of the residential sector has been declining (35% in 2000), while the share of the industry sector went from 18% to 28% between 2005 and 2019.

Graph: NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION (bcm)

Interactive Chart Iran Natural Gas Domestic Consumption

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Coal Consumption

Coal consumption is low, despite a 7.0%/year increase over 2012-2019. It increased to over 2.7 Mt in 2019, with most consumption concentrated in industry (71%).

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION BREAKDOWN BY SECTOR (2019, %)

Interactive Chart Iran Coal and Lignite Domestic Consumption

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Power Consumption

Electricity consumption has been roughly stable since 2018 and increased by 4.3%/year between 2010 and 2018; it reached 263 TWh in 2019. Most of the population is electrified (99.5%).

Industry represents 34% of electricity consumption, the residential sector 32%, and services 18%. The remainder (16%) is consumed in the oil and gas sector.

Graph: ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION (TWh)

Graph: ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION BREAKDOWN BY SECTOR (2019, %)

Renewable in % Electricity Production

Before its integration into SATBA, SUNA (Iran Renewable Energy Organization)was the regulatory authority overseeing renewable policy development and renewable project licensing and securing power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable power producers.

In the 6th Plan, the country aims to reach 4.5 GW of wind and 0.5 GW of solar capacities by 2021, with an additional 2.5 GW by 2030. The 2021 targets will likely be missed, as installed capacity reached 302 MW for wind and 365 MW for solar at the end of 2019.

Interactive Chart Iran Share of Renewables in Electricity Production (incl hydro)

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CO2 Fuel Combustion/CO2 Emissions

Through its 2015 Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to fight climate change, Iran committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 4% (unconditional pledge) and up to 12% (conditional on international financial and technical assistance) by 2030 compared to the level defined in its BAU scenario. The Iranian parliament signed the Paris Agreement in 2016, but has yet to ratify the agreement, citing the additional time needed for careful domestic planning to achieve its emission targets.

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