About oil and gas

The world’s population is growing.  So is the need for energy.  For heat.  For light.  For transport. For food and water. And for industry, which makes those things you want and need.

In 2016 the world used the equivalent of about 13.8 billion tonnes of oil to meet its energy needs. By 2040 the world will need 17.6 billion tonnes of oil equivalent: an increase of about one third. (International Energy Agency)

The ‘About oil and gas’ webpages help explain how only a balanced energy future can meet the world’s growing energy needs, supported by data from energy companies and independent institutions.

It’s all a question of balance.

When considering your energy future, you probably want to know that you will get all the energy you need when you want it at a price you can afford. You also want assurance that your energy use won’t harm the planet.

Did you know – Oil and gas by numbers

Every week, we post a ‘Number of the week’ to highlight the important role oil and gas plays in society. Each number is accompanied by a short explanation.

Global energy briefs

Our energy briefs highlight the benefits of oil and gas

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Whether as a fuel or a feedstock: oil is an integral part of your daily life.

Visit our ‘oil in everyday life’ infographic which highlights 72 uses for oil in everyday life and is available in multiple languages.

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