Gender may drive future gas demand growth

Women will account for a rising share of world primary energy use by 2050, and will be key to gas and power demand growth in Africa and other emerging markets
By Peter Stewart 8 March 2017
A young girl cooking a meal in Lahore, 1979. (UN)

The world’s population reached an estimated 7.3 billion in 2016. Forecasts suggest a further billion people will be added by 2030, and the global population could reach 10 billion people by as early as 2050. While men in industrialised countries typically use more energy per capita than women – because of their higher use of fuel for transport – in poor countries the opposite is often the case, because a higher proportion of energy is used in households. This could have significant repercussions for the...

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