Industrial energy use in Asia

Authored by: Subhes C. Bhattacharyya

Routledge Handbook of Energy in Asia

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138999824
eBook ISBN: 9781315656977
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Industrial energy demand with a 40% share dominates the final energy demand in Asia. Energy demand in this sector has increased at an average growth rate of 4.5% per year since 1990 but there is significant regional variation in demand. East Asia with a Chinese influence dominates the Asian industrial scene. Manufacturing activities play an important role in the industrial energy demand and the growth of an export-oriented manufacturing base in the region has been responsible for faster energy demand growth. In terms of fuel use, coal is widely used as a source of energy but electricity has seen a significant rise in its share as well. High reliance on coal has caused widespread environmental issues, particularly in the industrial towns and cities of the region. Energy intensity has fallen in the sector but there is significant scope for further improvement in energy efficiency.

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