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Meet an energy power player:
natural gas

The benefits of this cleaner-burning fuel and its role in the 2040 energy supply

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Meeting the world’s energy demand in 2040 will require a diverse energy mix.

Natural gas will be a major game changer with fewer emissions, flexibility and abundance.

In 2040, the projected energy mix will be:

  • Nat gas = 25%
  • Oil = 32%
  • Coal = 20%
  • Nuclear = 7%
  • Wind, solar and biofuels = 4%
  • Other = 12%
  • Nat gas = 25%
  • Oil = 32%
  • Coal = 20%
  • Nuclear = 7%
  • Wind, solar and biofuels = 4%
  • Other = 12%

Fewer emissions, less impact on the environment.

While other energy sources, like coal, have a high carbon intensity, natural gas has a relatively low carbon intensity. This makes natural gas one of the more effective fuels for reducing CO2 emissions around the world.

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Liquefied for efficient transportation.

Natural gas can be transformed into liquefied natural gas (LNG) through super cooling and is shipped in large tankers anywhere in the world.

LNG= 1/600th
the volume of natural gas.

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1 LNG tanker

Holds enough gas to power 70,000 homes for a year.

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Where will natural gas come from?

Natural gas is geographically diverse with production rising in multiple regions worldwide. Diversity of supply spurs economic trade.

Globally, LNG exports will increase 170 percent by 2040. Share of growth:

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  • infographic#3 United States
  • infographic#3 East Africa
  • infographic#3 Australia
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Fueling the future.

Demand for natural gas is rising rapidly, partly because of its versatility. In 2040, natural gas will be a significant fuel in power generation, transportation and more.

By 2040, natural gas will power…

  • 5% of total transportation
  • 10% of marine transportation
  • 25% of the world’s electricity
  • 5% of total transportation
  • 10% of marine transportation
  • 25% of the world’s electricity

More power to natural gas.

For decades, natural gas has been a staple in the global energy supply, but its environmental benefits and versatility have elevated it to a more prominent role. As the need for energy grows along with economic development, natural gas will become the world's second largest source of energy.

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