Global Energy Use To Jump 53 Percent By 2035, Driven Largely By Growth In China And India
Sarah Lai Stirland | September 19, 2011, 5:12PM

The world is going to burn through 53 percent more energy by 2035, and despite all the hype surrounding renewable energy, much of that will still come from fossil fuels, according to a new annual report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The EIA projects with its new report that total world energy use will rise to a mind-boggling 770 quadrillion Btu in 2035, up from 505 quadrillion Btu in 2008.

"In 2008, China and India combined accounted for 21 percent of total world energy consumption," according to a press statement that came out with the key findings of the International Energy Outlook 2011 on Monday.

"With strong economic growth in both countries over the projection period, their combined energy use more than doubles by 2035, when they account for 31 percent of world energy use in the IEO2011 Reference case. In 2035, China's energy demand is 68 percent higher than the U.S. energy demand."

The chart below splits up energy usage between countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, "non-OECD-Asia" and "the rest of the world." The OECD is made up of 34 countries, and is composed of the more mature, affluent and developed Western economies.