Box Feedstock for Indias Fertilizer Industry

The government has in the past heavily subsidised fertilizer use in India, because of its importance in maintaining food self-sufficiency. The recent surge in oil prices, however, has increased the financial burden on the government, prompting it to reduce provision for payments to fertilizer producers in the 2007 08 budget. But fertilizer prices have not been allowed to increase and now the producers are facing large losses. The share of energy in the total cost of ammonia production in India...

Measuring Energy Security

There is no single universally recognised way of measuring a country's level of energy security. Such assessments are normally a matter of expert judgment, as the perceived risk of a serious disruption or shortfall in investment for any given country or at any given time depends on a large array of different factors. Some of these factors, such as political stability, are inherently difficult to measure. Nonetheless, most discussions centre on the following variables, or indicators Diversity of...

But Threats to the Worlds Energy Security Must be Tackled

Rising global energy demand poses a real and growing threat to the world's energy security. Oil and gas demand and the reliance of all consuming countries on oil and gas imports increase in all three scenarios presented in this Outlook. In the Reference Scenario, China's and India's combined oil imports surge, from 5.4 mb d in 2006 to 19.1 mb d in 2030 - more than the combined imports of Japan and the United States today. Ensuring reliable and affordable supply will be a formidable challenge....

Box Coal Based Alternative Fuels

China is becoming increasingly dependent on oil imports, so the attraction of technologies that can convert coal into various liquid fuels is clear. The technology is available and the economics have become more favourable in recent years, due to surging oil prices. Some such fuels can be used directly as transport fuel, while others ease oil demand by substituting for petrochemical feedstock. For example, coal gasification can replace oil gasification to produce syngas for fertilizer...

Unchecked Growth in Fossil Fuel Use will Hasten Climate Change

Rising CO2 and other greenhouse-gas concentrations in the atmosphere, resulting largely from fossil-energy combustion, are contributing to higher global temperatures and to changes in climate. Growing fossil-fuel use will continue to drive up global energy-related CO2 emissions over the projection period. In the Reference Scenario, emissions jump by 57 between 2005 and 2030. The United States, China, Russia and India contribute two-thirds of this increase. China is by far the biggest...

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy supplied nearly a third of India's energy needs in 2005. Most of this was traditional biomass. Hydropower was the second-largest source, while wind power is emerging as a relatively important source of electricity.15 Total renewable energy demand is projected to rise to 225 Mtoe in 2030. India consumed a total of 158 Mtoe of biomass in 2005, most of it by rural households. At least three-quarters of rural households (668 million people) use traditional biomass fuels, fuelwood,...

Chapter Energy Trends in China and India

2.1 Shares of China and India in the Increase in World Primary Energy Demand by Fuel in the Reference Scenario, 2005-2030 118 2.2 Primary Oil Demand in China and India by Sector 2.3 Fuel Mix in Power Generation in China and India 2.4 Road Transport Fuel Consumption in China and India 2.5 Net Oil Imports in China and India in the Reference Scenario 125 2.6 Coal Balance in China and India in the Reference Scenario 127 2.7 Cumulative Investment in Energy Supply in China and India by Fuel in the...

Power Generation Economics

Signal Bars

The costs of alternative generation options have been assessed, on the basis of key parameters related to fuel prices, capital costs, capacity factors and discount rates. The analysis reveals that, in the current Chinese context and without a price on CO2 emissions, coal is likely to be the most competitive electricity supply source, followed by nuclear and advanced coal. Gas turns out to be the most expensive option, with costs ranging from 4.7 to 7.7 US cents per kWh Figure 10.17 . Coal can...

Box Regional Air Quality

Rising energy consumption and the continuing heavy reliance on coal is contributing not just to higher CO2 emissions but also to worsening air pollution in China and India. Fossil-energy use gives rise to various toxic and noxious emissions, notably SOx, NOx, carbon monoxide and particulate matter soot . These emissions contribute directly to health problems, ground-level and atmospheric ozone and acid rain. Many of these problems are of a local nature. Despite some improvements in recent...

Methodology and Assumptions

As in previous Outlooks, a scenario approach has been adopted to examine future energy developments. The projection period runs to 2030. The core projections are derived from a Reference Scenario, which assumes that there are no new energy-policy interventions by governments. This scenario is intended to provide a baseline vision of how global energy markets are likely to evolve if governments do nothing more to affect underlying trends in energy demand and supply, thereby allowing us to test...

On Energy Poverty

Part A Global Energy Prospects Impact of Developments in India Energy Trends in China and India 117 Alternative Policy Scenario 130 International Trade and the World Economy 135 China and India in the Global Economy 136 Explaining China's and India's Economic Growth 136 International Trade and Financial Flows 140 Global Economic and Energy Market Linkages 145 Simulating the Impact of Faster Growth in China and India 149 Energy and Other Commodity Prices and Expenditures 151 Economic Growth and...

Iron and Steel

The iron and steel sector is the largest industrial consumer of energy in China, accounting for 28 of total industrial energy use in 2005. It grew by 14.5 per year between 2000 and 2005, while steel production grew by more than 20 per year in the period. China is currently the world's largest producer of steel, accounting for 34 of world steel production in 2006 World Coal Institute, 2007 . The average efficiency of medium and large plants in China is lower than that of plants in other...