BP review: global energy use growth marginal in 2001

Global energy consumption grew only marginally in 2001, increasing by 0.3% and marking the third consecutive year that consumption rose by less than 0.5% year-on-year. Such a modest increase was the result of an overall downturn in the world economy that was exacerbated by the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US, BP PLC reported late last month in its annual statistical review of world energy.Demand growth was particularly low in most of Asia and in the Americas, the report noted. "North American energy consumption fell by 2.4%, the first drop in a decade," the report stated, adding, "However, demand in China rose by 4.3%, and the 1.2% rise in the (former Soviet U...

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