Distribution of global non-renewable energy resources 2017

This statistic shows the distribution of the non-renewable energy resources worldwide in 2017. As of that year, hard coal was estimated to account for 79.7 percent of the total global non-renewable energy resources.

Distribution of non-renewable energy resources worldwide in 2017

Share of global resources
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Release date

August 2019



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Supplementary notes

BGR stands for "Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe" (German Federal Institute for Geological Sciences and Commodities).
According to the source, the following energy sources belong to the respective commodity groups:

  1. Non-conventional oil: oil sands / heavy oil and oil shale
  2. Non-conventional natural gas: shale gas/tight gas, coal bed methane (CBM), gas hydrates and aquifers

    The source distinguishes between "reserves" and "resources" as follows: "Reserves: Quantities of energy sources which were accurately recorded and can be commercially extracted using current technologies Resources: Quantities of energy sources which are either proved but currently not commercially recoverable, or expected on the basis of geological indicators and can be verified by exploration "

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