Chart : comparison Energy Intensity for Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, France

Energy again, energy always… To put in perspectives the oil crisis, here is a chart about Energy Intensity (source Energy Information Administration).

Energy Intensity = Btu per (2000) US Dollars (Total primary energy consumption per dollar of gross domestic product using purchasing power parities)

A BTU (British Thermal Unit) = the amount of heat necessary to raise one pound of water by 1 degree Farenheit.

-Western countries like France and Germany decrease. Their economies rely more on services, consuming less energy than industry. While Thailand and Malaysia increase, non stop, even though we can see a kind of plateau for Thailand.

-let’s not forget that regarding the sources of primary energy, Europe has nuclear… While Asia rely mainly on oil, coal, natural gas.

-Therefore, countries like Thailand and Malaysia are much more vulnerable to an energy crisis (that is : a price crisis).

Now, here is a snapshot (2003) to compare the position of differents countries, with 3 differents sources : EIA, IEA and BP (document copied from a study of the Singapore’s gvt : “Benchmarking Singapore’s Energy Intensity“).

Thailand has a “bad” ranking, like all asian countries.

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