In this guide we look at what we use oil and gas for in society.
We outline the sectors and countries that use the most oil and gas.
Summary – What We Use Oil & Gas For
The United States is a big consumer of total gas and oil (it can be a different story when you look at it on a per capita level).
In terms of natural gas – industry, commercial and residential, and electricity generation are all big users.
In terms of petroleum/oil, transportation and industrial are big users.
Sectors Of Society That Use The Most Oil & Gas
The annual use of oil and gas worldwide by sector/area of society is:
- Transportation – 45%
- Heating & Energy – 42%
- Other – 5%
- Chemicals – 4%
- Plastic – Plastics 4%
- Just over one-quarter (27%) of [the United States’ primary energy in 2013] came from natural gas.
- This energy is used across all of the sectors – transportation (3% of total natural gas consumption), industry (34%), residential and commercial buildings (32%), and electric power (31%).
In 2017, petroleum consumption by sector and share of total consumption was:
- Transportation—14.02 million barrels per day (b/d)—71%
- Industrial—4.76 million b/d—24%
- Residential—0.52 million b/d—3%
- Commercial—0.47 million b/d—2%
- Electric power—0.10 million b/d—1%
Countries That Use The Most Oil & Gas
In 2015, the countries that consumed the most petroleum were:
- United States—20.5%
You can view the countries that consume the most natural gas at http://world.bymap.org/NaturalGasConsumption.html
The top consuming countries (in total cubic metres consumed) are:
- United States
- Saudi Arabia