China energy: growing appetite for gas

China's primary energy mix (2013) Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2014
China's primary energy mix (2013) Source: BP Statistical Review of World Energy, 2014

Although natural gas occupies a modest share in China’s primary energy consumption, its popularity is on the rise. Over the past 10 years the country’s demand rose by 376 per cent. Such an emerging trend, if maintained, will shape the dynamics of natural gas markets and those of competing energy sources, with far reaching implications especially for the climate change agenda.

<i>China is the world’s largest energy consumer. It figures in the top five largest consumers for most sources of energy. It is also an important energy producer and the world’s largest CO2 emitter - not surprisingly given its heavy reliance on coal. Because of its rapidly growing demand, China is increasi...

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