Importance of energy

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Energy is everywhere and it transforms everything.

It helps us survive and frees us to pursue fuller lives in thousands of ways. 

People use energy for home, work and travel. People also use energy indirectly in ways they may not think about — by purchasing goods that took energy to manufacture, package and ship; by making use of hospitals, schools and public safety services; or simply by using the Internet.

Population and progress. 

Energy is about people — individuals and societies using electricity, transportation fuels and other energy to make life better. From 2010 to 2040, the world’s population is projected to rise from 7 billion to nearly 9 billion, and the global economy will more than double. 

Growing economies mean more people can afford the hallmarks of a middle-class lifestyle, such as better homes, air conditioning, appliances, personal vehicles and computers.

Learn more in our Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040.