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State of play: New IEA statistics publications highlight latest global and OECD trends across major energy sources via IEA

In 2011, global coal production grew for the twelfth straight year, global natural gas production increased by over 2%, and oil grew by 1%, but nuclear electricity production dropped by more than 4% due to a 9.2% decrease in OECD countries.

25 July 2012

Total global coal production increased by 6.6% in 2011 – the twelfth consecutive year of growth – according to the latest official data from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

While coal production only increased by 0.8% in OECD member countries, non-OECD production climbed by 9% with China taking over from Japan as the world’s largest importer, and Indonesia becoming the world’s largest exporter, surpassing Australia.

These statistics are drawn from Coal Information 2012, one of a series of annual IEA statistical publications on major energy sources. These annual IEA statistics books, which also include Oil Information 2012,Natural Gas Information 2012, Electricity Information 2012 and Renewables Information 2012, are being released throughout the summer.

Global oil demand rose by around 1% in 2011.  However demand from OECD countries was down by 0.8% in 2011, as a result of low economic growth. Motor gasoline consumption – accounting for about one third of oil demand in the OECD – dropped by more than 2%, continuing a downward trend which began back in 2006.

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