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Three global energy landscape changes

Three global energy landscape changes
Oil Market Report for October 2016
© Source: Key World Energy Statistics 2016, International Energy Agency, p. 8
In the video 1.2, one of the central points is that the future of energy demand in Asia will have major ramifications for global energy markets and geopolitics.

The figure above provides comparative data on Total Primary Energy Supply by region.

A Shift from the OECD to Asia as a new demand center

China and India account for well over half (62 percent) of the increase in world primary energy demand between 2006 and 2030. According to Mikkal E. Herberg, Asia accounted for only 28 percent of global energy consumption in 2000; the region accounted for 76 percent of the entire increase in world energy demand over 2000-2013. During that period, while energy demand worldwide grew 36 percent, China’s energy demand tripled, India’s doubled, and Asia’s as a whole doubled.

Demand increase from the Middle East

The Middle East is emerging as an important demand center, contributing another 11 percent to incremental world energy demand. In 2000, the Middle East consumed 20 percent of the oil it produced, but that figure now is only 32 percent. Middle East oil demand has enormous growth potential.

The US and the success story of the shale revolution

US shale oil (light tight oil (LTO)) production growth from 2008 through 2014 was dramatic. The US may indeed be self-sufficient in oil very soon. There are two major reasons that account for US progress toward self-sufficiency: the first is increased oil production due to shale oil, and the second is reducing domestic oil demand stemming from the adoption of policies that improve vehicle efficiency under the first Obama administration.


  • Mikkal E. Herberg, “Introduction,” Mikkal E. Herberg, Ed. Energy Security and the Asia-Pacific: Course Reader (Washington DC: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2014).
  • Jude Clemente, “The Middle East’s growing oil demand problem,” Forbes, March 29, 2015.

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