FOTW #1049, October 1, 2018: The United States Consumed 20% of World Petroleum in 2017

October 1, 2018

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The United States consumes more petroleum than any other country, accounting for 20% of world consumption in 2017. Despite a 2.8 million barrels per day (mmbd) increase from 1992 to 2017, the United States is responsible for a smaller share due to increased world consumption. The total amount of petroleum consumed world-wide grew from 67.2 mmbd in 1992 to 98.4 mmbd in 2017. China’s petroleum consumption increased 365% over this time period. Other countries with large increases were India, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil. Europe, Japan, and Russia decreased petroleum consumption from 1992 to 2017.

Consumption of petroleum by country or regions from 1992 to 2017. These include the U.S., Europe, China, India, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and other.

Notes:

  • Data were not available for 2016 and 2017 for China, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil. The 2015 data were used as a proxy for those years.
  • Europe includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia; and, for 2000 forward, Slovenia.
  • No country in the "other" category consumed more than 3%.

Sources:

United States, Europe, Japan, and World – Energy Information Administration, July 2018 Monthly Energy Review, released July 26, 2018
China, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil - Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics, accessed August 9, 2018.

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