Global variations in energy use

Energy consumption per head is a reliable indicator of a country’s level of economic development.

Well-developed manufacturing and service sectors, good provision of transport and movements of goods and people for work and leisure have high energy demands.

In Canada and the USA consumption per head is double that of Europe and more than 800 times that of developing countries.

The map shows the energy consumption per capita in various countries.

Map of the world showing Consumption per capita 2010 (tonnes of oil equivalent)

Energy consumption is highest at the moment in developed countries and countries with high populations.

This is due to a high concentration of industry, high levels of car ownership and high domestic usage from homes filled with appliances.