Energy consumption in China

The most important measure in the energy balance of China is the total consumption of
5,920.00 billion kWh
of electric energy per year. Per capita this is an average of 4,270 kWh.


China could provide itself completely with self-produced energy. The total production of all electric energy producing facilities is 6,142 bn kWh, which is 104% of the countries own usage. Despite this, China is trading energy with foreign countries. Along with pure consumptions the production, imports and exports play an important role. Other energy sources such as natural gas or crude oil are also used.

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Energy Balance

ElectricitytotalChina
per capita
Compared to Europe
per capita
Own consumption5,920.00 bn kWh4,270.07 kWh5,402.93 kWh
Production6,142.00 bn kWh4,430.19 kWh5,821.08 kWh
Import6.19 bn kWh4.46 kWh729.98 kWh
Export18.91 bn kWh13.64 kWh718.00 kWh
Crude OilBarrel
China
per capita

Compared to Europe
per capita
Production3.98 m bbl0.003 bbl0.005 bbl
Import6.17 m bbl0.004 bbl0.019 bbl
Export32,000.00 bbl0.000 bbl0.004 bbl
Natural GasCubic meters
China
per capita

Compared to Europe
per capita
Own consumption210.30 bn m³151.69 m³1,162.59 m³
Production138.40 bn m³99.83 m³445.10 m³
Import75.10 bn m³54.17 m³758.58 m³
Export3.24 bn m³2.34 m³387.80 m³



Carbon footprint

totalChina
per capita
Compared to Europe
per capita
CO2 emissions in 201410.29 bn t7.42 t5.39 t


Development of CO2 emissions from 1980 to 2014 in million tons





Production capacities per energy source

The given production capacities for electric energy have a theoretical value, which could only be obtainable under ideal conditions. They are measuring the generatable amount of energy, that would be reached under permanent and full use of all capacities of all power plants. In practice this isn't possible, because e.g. solar collectors are less efficient unter clouds. Also wind- and water-power plants are not always operating under full load. All these values are only useful in relation to other energy sources or countries.

Energy sourcetotal
in China
percentage
in China
percentage
in Europe
per capita
in China
per capita
in Europe
Fossil fuels9,228.13 bn kWh64,0 %48,9 %6,656.21 kWh7,981.10 kWh
Nuclear power288.38 bn kWh2,0 %7,2 %208.01 kWh1,183.83 kWh
Water power2,912.63 bn kWh20,2 %23,4 %2,100.87 kWh3,823.32 kWh
Renewable energy1,975.40 bn kWh13,7 %16,2 %1,424.84 kWh2,650.77 kWh
Other energy sources14.42 bn kWh0,1 %4,3 %10.40 kWh694.97 kWh
Total production capacity14,418.96 tn kWh100,0 %100,0 %10,400.33 kWh16,333.99 kWh


Usage of renewable energies

Renewable energies include wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy sources. This means all energy sources that renew themselves within a short time or are permanently available. Energy from hydropower is only partly a renewable energy. This is certainly the case with river or tidal power plants. Otherwise, numerous dams or reservoirs also produce mixed forms, e.g. by pumping water into their reservoirs at night and recovering energy from them during the day when there is an increased demand for electricity. Since it is not possible to clearly determine the amount of generated energy, all energies from hydropower are displayed separately.

In 2015, renewable energies accounted for around 12.4 percent of actual total consumption .inCountry().. The following chart shows the percentage share from 1990 to 2015: