Source: Arnold Paul
We're all going to have access to lots of energy over the next
couple of decades, predicts BP. There's just one snag: greenhouse
gas emissions are set to keep rising.
The world's population is growing by 200,000 people a day, according to the
World Bank, and is predicted to top
eight billion by 2030. That's a
lot of people in need of an energy supply to light and heat their
homes, cook food, and get about.
Energy company BP says supplying the energy isn't
going to be a problem, however. As the world increasingly turns to
unconventional fossil fuel sources like shale gas and oil under the
sea, there's going to be plenty of energy to go round, it
But continued reliance on cheap - and plentiful -
fossil fuels means the world the world's greenhouse gas emissions
are expected to rise by nearly a third by 2035.
Thinking two decades ahead
BP's predictions are contained in its latest annual
Energy Outlook' report. It has
updated last year's report so that it now looks
another five years ahead to 2035.
BP says its report describes just one '
most likely' prediction of what the
global energy system might look like in the future. Because the
report doesn't explore other scenarios, the prediction should carry
a health warning - as there's a lot of unknowns in predictions
about future economic growth, changing populations and new