World Energy Balance 2005
Today’s Energy Balance, especially the production and distribution of electricity, is rather uneconomical worldwide, creating high flaring and transmission losses. In 2005, approx. 11.434 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) of total primary energy has been produced. The dominant (fossil) fuel was oil, accounting for 36 percent of the total energy supply, followed by coal (25 percent) and gas (21 percent). Combustible Renewables & Waste, which consists of biomass and animal products, residential, commercial and industrial waste, accounted for 10 percent of the worlds energy supply. Nuclear power accounts for 6 percent, hydroelectric power for approximately 2 percent of the total power supply. Renewable energy (geothermal, solar, wind, tide, wave energy) constituted only 0,5 percent of the total worlds energy supply in 2005.
The proportion of total final consumption reflects the large amount of total losses: approx. 31 (!) percent of the total primary energy supply (TPES) dwindle away by distribution and transmission losses, transformation, power plants' own consumption etc. Only 69 percent of the total primary energy supply can finally be consumed by the end-users which is dominated by the transport, industry and residential sector.
This situation can only be overcome by fundamental changes: converting to a decentralized energy system, harvesting all renewable energies.