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Mapped: Global Energy Prices, by Country in 2022

For some countries, energy prices hit historic levels in 2022.

Gasoline, electricity, and natural gas prices skyrocketed as Russiaโ€™s invasion of Ukraine ruptured global energy supply chains. Households and businesses are facing higher energy bills amid extreme price volatility. Uncertainty surrounding the war looms large, and winter heating costs are projected to soar.

Given the global consequences of the energy crisis, the above infographic shows the price of energy for households by country, with data from GlobalPetrolPrices.com.

1. Global Energy Prices: Gasoline

Which countries and regions pay the most for a gallon of gas?

Rank
Country/ Region
Gasoline Prices
(USD/ Gallon)
1๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong$11.1
2๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ Central African
Republic
$8.6
3๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland$8.5
4๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway$8.1
5๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados$7.8
6๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark$7.7
7๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece$7.6
8๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland$7.6
9๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands$7.6
10๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium$7.4
11๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom$7.2
12๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia$7.2
13๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland$7.2
14๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore$7.2
15๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden$7.1
16๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ Seychelles$7.1
17๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel$7.0
18๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany$7.0
19๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Uruguay$7.0
20๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ซ Wallis and Futuna$7.0
21๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liechtenstein$6.9
22๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland$6.8
23๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal$6.8
24๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia$6.7
25๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Belize$6.7
26๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania$6.6
27๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria$6.6
28๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ Monaco$6.6
29๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain$6.5
30๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic$6.5
31๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi$6.5
32๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พ Cayman Islands$6.4
33๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia$6.4
34๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius$6.3
35๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg$6.3
36๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania$6.3
37๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra$6.3
38๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy$6.3
39๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda$6.2
40๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary$6.2
41๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan$6.2
42๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Syria$6.1
43๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France$6.0
44๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ Burundi$6.0
45๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas$6.0
46๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand$5.8
47๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino$5.8
48๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia$5.8
49๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania$5.7
50๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡น Mayotte$5.7
51๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Rwanda$5.7
52๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Zambia$5.7
53๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia$5.7
54๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laos$5.6
55๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mongolia$5.6
56๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya$5.6
57๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus$5.6
58๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica$5.5
59๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Northern Macedonia$5.5
60๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile$5.5
61๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia$5.5
62๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ Saint Lucia$5.4
63๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland$5.4
64๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Republic$5.4
65๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$5.4
66๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco$5.4
67๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผ Aruba$5.4
68๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia$5.3
69๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria$5.3
70๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru$5.3
71๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka$5.3
72๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Costa Rica$5.2
73๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Madagascar$5.2
74๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ Guinea$5.2
75๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Nepal$5.2
76๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mozambique$5.2
77๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Nicaragua$5.2
78๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali$5.1
79๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal$5.1
80๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine$5.1
81๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Dominica$5.0
82๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro$5.0
83๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta$5.0
84๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova$5.0
85๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ DR Congo$5.0
86๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ Curacao$4.9
87๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป Cape Verde$4.9
88๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh$4.9
89๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท Liberia$4.8
90๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia$4.8
91๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India$4.8
92๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ Cuba$4.8
93๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras$4.7
94๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia$4.7
95๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa$4.7
96๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania$4.7
97๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji$4.7
98๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China$4.7
99๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$4.6
100๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น Guatemala$4.6

Source: GlobalPetrolPrices.com. As of October 31, 2022. Represents average household prices.

At an average $11.10 per gallon, households in Hong Kong pay the highest for gasoline in the worldโ€”more than double the global average. Both high gas taxes and steep land costs are primary factors behind high gas prices.

Like Hong Kong, the Central African Republic has high gas costs, at $8.60 per gallon. As a net importer of gasoline, the country has faced increased price pressures since the war in Ukraine.

Households in Iceland, Norway, and Denmark face the highest gasoline costs in Europe. Overall, Europe has seen inflation hit 10% in September, driven by the energy crisis.

2. Global Energy Prices: Electricity

Extreme volatility is also being seen in electricity prices.

The majority of the highest household electricity prices are in Europe, where Denmark, Germany, and Belgiumโ€™s prices are about double that of France and Greece. For perspective, electricity prices in many countries in Europe are more than twice or three times the global average of $0.14 per kilowatt-hour.

Over the first quarter of 2022, household electricity prices in the European Union jumped 32% compared to the year before.

RankCountry/ RegionElectricity Prices
(kWh, USD)
1๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark$0.46
2๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany$0.44
3๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium$0.41
4๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒ Bermuda$0.40
5๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พ Cayman Islands$0.35
6๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica$0.34
7๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom$0.32
8๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain$0.32
9๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands$0.32
10๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados$0.32
11๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia$0.32
12๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania$0.31
13๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria$0.31
14๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy$0.30
15๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic$0.29
16๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป Cape Verde$0.28
17๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland$0.28
18๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden$0.27
19๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas$0.26
20๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น Guatemala$0.26
21๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liechtenstein$0.26
22๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus$0.25
23๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Rwanda$0.25
24๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras$0.24
25๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Uruguay$0.24
26๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal$0.24
27๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป El Salvador$0.23
28๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia$0.22
29๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland$0.22
30๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg$0.22
31๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Belize$0.22
32๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan$0.22
33๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland$0.22
34๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru$0.21
35๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya$0.21
36๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia$0.21
37๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil$0.20
38๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali$0.20
39๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore$0.19
40๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania$0.19
41๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso$0.19
42๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia$0.19
43๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Gabon$0.19
44๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia$0.19
45๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผ Aruba$0.19
46๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece$0.19
47๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France$0.18
48๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand$0.18
49๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Togo$0.18
50๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Nicaragua$0.17
51๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela$0.17
52๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ Panama$0.17
53๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines$0.17
54๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland$0.17
55๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel$0.16
56๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ U.S.$0.16
57๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda$0.16
58๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong$0.16
59๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal$0.16
60๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ด Macao$0.15
61๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile$0.15
62๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia$0.15
63๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa$0.14
64๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius$0.14
65๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Madagascar$0.14
66๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia$0.14
67๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland$0.14
68๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway$0.13
69๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta$0.13
70๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mozambique$0.13
71๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia$0.13
72๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria$0.12
73๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives$0.12
74๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Costa Rica$0.12
75๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$0.11
76๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi$0.11
77๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Ivory Coast$0.11
78๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia$0.11
79๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco$0.11
80๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand$0.10
81๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia$0.10
82๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan$0.10
83๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania$0.10
84๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Swaziland$0.10
85๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Ecuador$0.10
86๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana$0.10
87๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Republic$0.10
88๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Northern Macedonia$0.10
89๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania$0.10
90๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lesotho$0.09
91๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Sierra Leone$0.09
92๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia$0.09
93๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus$0.09
94๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary$0.09
95๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia & Herzegovina$0.09
96๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan$0.09
97๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea$0.09
98๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$0.09
99๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia$0.09
100๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ DR Congo$0.08

Source: GlobalPetrolPrices.com. As of March 31, 2022. Represents average household prices.

In the U.S., consumer electricity prices have increased nearly 16% annually compared to September last year, the highest increase in over four decades, fueling higher inflation.

However, households are more sheltered from the impact of Russian supply disruptions due to the U.S. being a net exporter of energy.

3. Global Energy Prices: Natural Gas

Eight of the 10 highest natural gas prices globally fall in Europe, with the Netherlands at the top. Overall, European natural gas prices have spiked sixfold in a year since the invasion of Ukraine.

RankCountry/ RegionNatural Gas Prices
(kWh, USD)
1๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands$0.41
2๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden$0.24
3๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany$0.21
4๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil$0.20
5๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark$0.19
6๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain$0.17
7๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy$0.16
8๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria$0.16
9๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore$0.15
10๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium$0.15
11๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong$0.14
12๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic$0.14
13๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece$0.12
14๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France$0.12
15๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan$0.11
16๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom$0.10
17๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland$0.10
18๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile$0.10
19๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal$0.09
20๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados$0.09
21๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland$0.09
22๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria$0.09
23๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland$0.08
24๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia$0.07
25๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$0.07
26๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand$0.06
27๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia$0.06
28๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ U.S.$0.05
29๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea$0.04
30๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia$0.04
31๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$0.03
32๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia$0.03
33๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan$0.03
34๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine$0.03
35๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia$0.03
36๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary$0.03
37๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Tunisia$0.02
38๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan$0.01
39๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bahrain$0.01
40๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh$0.01
41๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey$0.01
42๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia$0.01
43๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina$0.01
44๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus$0.01
45๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Algeria$0.003
46๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran$0.001

Source: GlobalPetrolPrices.com. As of March 31, 2022. Represents average household prices.

The good news is that the fall season has been relatively warm, which has helped European natural gas demand drop 22% in October compared to last year. This helps reduce the risk of gas shortages transpiring later in the winter.

Outside of Europe, Brazil has the fourth highest natural gas prices globally, despite producing about half of its supply domestically. High costs of cooking gas have been especially challenging for low-income families, which became a key political issue in the run-up to the presidential election in October.

Meanwhile, Singapore has the highest natural gas prices in Asia as the majority is imported via tankers or pipelines, leaving the country vulnerable to price shocks.

Increasing Competition

By December, all seaborne crude oil shipments from Russia to Europe will come to a halt, likely pushing up gasoline prices into the winter and 2023.

Concerningly, analysis from the EIA shows that European natural gas storage capacities could sink to 20% by February if Russia completely shuts off its supply and demand is not reduced.

As Europe seeks out alternatives to Russian energy, higher demand could increase global competition for fuel sources, driving up prices for energy in the coming months ahead.

Still, there is some room for optimism: the World Bank projects energy prices will decline 11% in 2023 after the 60% rise seen after the war in Ukraine in 2022.

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Visualizing the Rise of the U.S. as Top Crude Oil Producer

Over the last decade, the U.S. has surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s top producer of crude oil.

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Visualizing the Rise of the U.S. as Top Crude Oil Producer

Over the last decade, the United States has established itself as the world’s top producer of crude oil, surpassing Saudi Arabia and Russia.

This infographic illustrates the rise of the U.S. as the biggest oil producer, based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

U.S. Takes Lead in 2018

Over the last three decades, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Russia have alternated as the top crude producers, but always by small margins.

During the 1990s, Saudi Arabia dominated crude production, taking advantage of its extensive oil reserves. The petroleum sector accounts for roughly 42% of the countryโ€™s GDP, 87% of its budget revenues, and 90% of export earnings.

However, during the 2000s, Russia surpassed Saudi Arabia in production during some years, following strategic investments in expanding its oil infrastructure. The majority of Russiaโ€™s oil goes to OECD Europe (60%), with around 20% going to China.

Crude Oil Production United StatesSaudi ArabiaRussia
199211.93%13.97%12.74%
199311.50%13.68%11.35%
199410.96%13.32%10.50%
199510.60%13.17%9.96%
199610.21%12.87%9.49%
19979.84%12.73%9.29%
19989.39%12.58%9.05%
19999.06%11.99%9.33%
20008.67%12.33%9.64%
20018.65%11.89%10.45%
20028.63%11.49%11.53%
20038.05%12.92%12.10%
20047.46%12.74%12.67%
20057.00%13.21%12.82%
20066.85%13.00%12.90%
20076.84%12.38%13.29%
20086.71%12.44%12.56%
20097.32%11.28%12.98%
20107.37%11.31%13.03%
20117.55%12.81%13.02%
20128.50%13.04%12.94%
20139.76%12.86%13.10%
201411.18%12.60%12.86%
201511.67%12.77%12.66%
201610.92%13.12%13.02%
201711.53%12.68%13.05%
201813.21%12.77%12.96%
201914.90%12.15%13.20%
202014.87%12.37%12.97%
202114.59%12.06%13.10%
202214.73%13.17%12.76%

Over the 2010s, the U.S. witnessed an increase in domestic production, much of it attributable to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the shale formations ranging from Texas to North Dakota. It became the worldโ€™s largest oil producer in 2018, outproducing Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. accounted for 14.7% of crude oil production worldwide in 2022, compared to 13.1% for Saudi Arabia and 12.7% for Russia.

Despite leading petroleum production, the U.S. still trails seven countries in remaining proven reserves underground, with 55,251 million barrels.

Venezuela has the biggest reserves with 303,221 million barrels. Saudi Arabia, with 267,192 million barrels, occupies the second spot, while Russia is seventh with 80,000 million barrels.

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Visualizing All the Nuclear Waste in the World

Despite concerns about nuclear waste, high-level radioactive waste constitutes less than 0.25% of all radioactive waste ever generated.

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Visualizing All the Nuclear Waste in the World

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Nuclear power is among the safest and cleanest sources of electricity, making it a critical part of the clean energy transition.

However, nuclear waste, an inevitable byproduct, is often misunderstood.

In collaboration with theย National Public Utilities Council, this graphic shows the volume of all existing nuclear waste, categorized by its level of hazardousness and disposal requirements, based on data from theย International Atomic Energy Agencyย (IAEA).

Storage and Disposal

Nuclear provides about 10% of global electricity generation.

Nuclear waste, produced as a result of this, can be divided into four different types:

  • Very low-level waste: Waste suitable for near-surface landfills, requiring lower containment and isolation.
  • Low-level waste: Waste needing robust containment for up to a few hundred years, suitable for disposal in engineered near-surface facilities.
  • Intermediate-level waste: Waste that requires a greater degree of containment and isolation than that provided by near-surface disposal.
  • High-level waste: Waste is disposed of in deep, stable geological formations, typically several hundred meters below the surface.

Despite safety concerns, high-level radioactive waste constitutes less than 0.25% of total radioactive waste reported to the IAEA.

Waste ClassDisposed (cubic meters)Stored (cubic meters)Total (cubic meters)
Very low-level waste758,802313,8821,072,684
Low-level waste1,825,558204,8582,030,416
Intermediate level waste671,097201,893872,990
High-level waste3,9605,3239,283

Stored and disposed radioactive waste reported to the IAEA under the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. Data is from the last reporting year whichย varies by reporting country, 2019-2023.

The amount of waste produced by the nuclear power industry is small compared to other industrial activities.

While flammable liquids comprise 82% of the hazardous materials shipped annually in the U.S., radioactive waste accounts for only 0.01%.

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