Domestic and business energy use around the world is set to increase substantially over the coming decades, according to a new forecast.
A report by the US Energy Information Administration, the statistical agency of the US Department of Energy, reveals that world energy consumption is expected to rise by almost 50 per cent by 2035, led mostly by developing economies.
The figures predict that global energy use will rise to 739 quadrillion British Thermal Units (BTU) in 2035 from 495 quadrillion BTU in 2007.
The study shows that nations such as China and India will account for a considerable portion of the rise in energy use, with Asia playing a major role in energy-linked pollution blamed for global warming.
"Much of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions is projected to occur among the developing nations of the world, especially in Asia," the report said.
World electricity generation is expected to rise by 87 per cent to 35.2 trillion kilowatt hours, while use of renewables in power generation will increase by three per cent per year.
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