Facts & Statistics

NASA earth at night

Earth at Night, (NASA, 2001)


  • World energy consumption is projected to increase by 37 percent by the year 2035. [1]
  • Coal provides 41% of the world electricity generation, and 45% in the U.S. In 2010. [1]
  • Coal accounts for 66% of electricity generation in China in 2010. [1]
  • The burning of coal is responsible for 27% of worldwide energy-related CO2 emissions (9,085 million tons) in 2010. [1]
  • China is the world’s largest coal consumer (64 quadrillion Btu), using more than double the amount in the U.S. [1]
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration can account for 19% of global mitigation by 2050. [3]
  • Approximately 3,900 miles of CO2 pipeline operate today in the United States for enhanced oil recovery. [2]
  • The U.S. held 31% of world proven recoverable coal reserves by the end of 2010. [1]
  • Renewable energy sources (biomass, biogas, hydro, wind, solar, geothermal) provide
       for 20% of total world electricity production in 2010. [1]
  • Hydro sources provide 16% of the world electricity production in 2010. [1]
  • Wind, solar, and geothermal combined provide for approx. 1.8% of world electricity production in 2010. [1]

  • [1] IEA World Energy Outlook 2012
    [2] Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Comparing Existing Pipeline Networks with the Potential Scale of Future U.S. CO2 Pipeline Networks 2008
    [3] IEA Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications Technology Roadmap 2011