China - New Economic Giant Facts & Pictures

Some facts and figures accompanied with pictures & diagrams on how China's demand for energy is increasing

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400,000 new cars hit Shanghai in
2006, resulting in higher fees for
license plates
Beijing Car sales soared during the Olympics,
causing congestion across the city like this,
Car ownership is expected to reach
despite efforts to reduce congestion in order to
267 cars per 1000 people by 2030
improve air quality for the 2008 games
Urban residents in China's population in 3 years is expected
By 2020, China is expected to have 140 million private to rise from 47% to 75%, which would require the clearance of
cars on the road ­ even more than the USA. land for residences, roads and other infrastructure, all
demanding energy for production
China accounts for 8% of the total global demand for crude oil.
BUT it now also accounts for 33% of the current growth in
Although China only currently uses 10% of its energy for global demand for oil. By 2010, China's dependency on
transportation, it will need much more oil to fuel the anticipated imported oil is expected to reach 60%
growth in car use
China's rate of urbanisation is staggering. Rural-to-urban migration
China's auto sales from 2000 ­ 2010. As you can see there is a in China is the highest ever recorded ­ 8.5 million people a year.
massive incline over a decade from 2.1 million units in 2000 to 45 million Chinese are expected to move to cities by 2012, and
19.65 million units in 2009. It is expected that by 2030, the most will head for the industrial centres by the coast ­ where
increase is expected to account for 25% global demand. energy consumption is significantly higher than in rural areas.

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