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May 07, 2003

EIA: World Renewable Energy Use to Keep Pace with Energy Growth

Worldwide use of renewable energy will grow 56 percent between 2001 and 2025, according to DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA), but world energy use will also grow at the same pace. As a result, renewable energy will maintain the same share of the energy market—8 percent—for the next 22 years. Those are the conclusions of the EIA's "International Energy Outlook 2003," released May 1st, which anticipates rapid energy growth in the developing world, causing the energy use in countries like China, India, and South Korea to increasingly resemble the industrialized world.

To meet the growing needs for energy, the EIA sees natural gas use nearly doubling by 2025 while world oil consumption increases by about 55 percent. The use of coal is also expected to increase, although its share of the total energy supply will decrease from today's 24 percent to 22 percent in 2025. One projected result of this increase in energy use is a 59 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions by 2025. See the press release and the full report on the EIA Web site.