China has overtaken the United States as the world’s biggest consumer of energy, a report by oil company BP says.
BP said that China moved to the top in 2010 with 20.3 per cent of global demand, ahead of the US at 19 per cent. Its report said China’s consumption rose by 11.2 per cent last year compared with 3.7 per cent in the US.
China’s surge led a 5.6 per cent increase in global energy demand, the biggest one-year jump since 1973.
China was by far the world’s largest consumer of coal, taking 48 per cent. The US remained the largest consumer of oil with 21 per cent of global demand, double China’s consumption.