Two global energy records were broken in 2015. On one hand, the amount of renewable energy produced worldwide has never been higher than it was last year. But, one step forward is met with two steps back as reports show we also consumed more fossil fuels in 2015 than ever before.
The Renewables 2016 Global Status Report reflected a big step in the right direction, as renewable forms of energy continue to grow. BP’s Statistical Review, however, revealed an ugly truth about our fossil fuel consumption, which grew 0.6 percent since last year. While coal production went down one percent, petroleum and natural gas production went up. The seemingly small percentage increase is actually a big one when considering it amounts to 127 million metric tons of fossil fuels.
Carbon dioxide emissions, naturally, have also increased 36 million metric tons between 2014 and 2015. Sadly, this counts as the sixth year in a row these numbers have increased. A closer look shows the increases have been a bit smaller over the last few years, but an increase is an increase, nonetheless.
U.S. oil production accounts for much of the rise worldwide, steadily growing for the third straight year, according to Forbes. Oil production has apparently not been this high since 2008. In fact, the U.S. can enjoy its spot at the top of the list of crude oil producers worldwide, with Saudi Arabia coming in second place.