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Global oil consumption is expected to rise over the next several years, according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report comes amid increasing concerns over climate change and the need for a transition to cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy.

The IEA report forecasts that global oil demand will grow by 5.4 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2026, reaching a total of 104.1 million bpd. The majority of this growth is expected to come from developing economies in Asia, particularly India and China.

Despite growing calls for a shift away from fossil fuels, the report indicates that oil will remain a major part of the global energy mix for the foreseeable future. The IEA predicts that oil will still account for 27% of the world’s energy consumption by 2026, down slightly from its current share of 33%.

 

This increase in oil consumption is driven by a combination of factors, including population growth, rising incomes in developing countries, and the ongoing expansion of industries such as transportation and manufacturing. The report notes that while renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are growing rapidly, they are still not growing quickly enough to keep pace with rising demand.

 

The IEA report has drawn criticism from environmental groups and climate activists, who argue that the continued reliance on fossil fuels is unsustainable and will lead to catastrophic climate change. They have called on governments and businesses to invest more heavily in renewable energy and to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.

The IEA highlights the potential for carbon capture and storage, as well as the use of electric vehicles and biofuels, to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.

However, the report also notes that improvements in technology and efficiency can help reduce the carbon footprint of the oil industry. The IEA highlights the potential for carbon capture and storage, as well as the use of electric vehicles and biofuels, to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.

 

In conclusion, the IEA’s report suggests that while the world is moving towards a more sustainable energy future, oil will remain a significant part of the global energy mix in the coming years. The challenge for governments and businesses will be to balance the need for economic growth and energy security with the urgent need to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted that global oil consumption is expected to rise in the coming years, driven by factors such as population growth, rising incomes in developing countries, and the continued expansion of industries. While renewable energy sources are growing rapidly, they are not yet able to fully replace oil in industries such as transportation, shipping, and manufacturing. The report highlights concerns about the sustainability of continued reliance on fossil fuels and the need for a transition to cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy.

According to the International Energy Agency’s report, there are several reasons why global oil consumption is expected to rise in the coming years. One of the primary drivers is population growth, which is projected to lead to increased demand for energy, including oil. Additionally, rising incomes in developing countries are expected to lead to greater energy consumption, as more people can afford to purchase and use energy-intensive goods and services.

 

Another significant factor is the continued expansion of industries that rely heavily on oil, such as transportation, shipping, and manufacturing. While renewable energy sources are growing rapidly, they are not yet able to fully replace oil in these industries, leading to continued demand for oil.

The report also notes that the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the oil market, but it is expected to recover in the coming years, leading to increased demand for oil.

It’s worth noting that while the report focuses on the expected rise in oil consumption, there are growing concerns about the environmental and social impacts of continued reliance on fossil fuels. Many experts argue that a transition to cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy is necessary to mitigate the risks associated with climate change and ensure a more sustainable future for the planet.

Muhammad Arshad
Muhammad Arshadhttp://thinktank.pk
Mr Arshad is is an experienced journalist who currently holds the position of Deputy Editor (Editorial) at The Think Tank Journal.

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