With the global population increasing by several million every year, our planet is on an ever-increasing trend of energy use. Energy consumption is not uniform around the world. Different countries use different amounts of energy, whether to power heating systems in colder climates, or generate electricity for water filtration. Energy use can even vary within a country. 

Mapping global energy use is an important practice. With this, we can see how each region of the world is consuming its energy. This helps experts better understand communities and how to use energy in the most efficient ways.

Use this series of map layers to develop an understanding of how much energy consumption, measured in British thermal units (BTUs), has changed in different countries over 40 years.


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British Thermal Unit (BTU)

amount of heat or energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit, or 251.997 calories.

energy consumption

use of power, usually defined as power produced by human beings in plants run on electricity, fossil fuels, or nuclear fission.


process of separating solid material from liquids or gases.


total number of people or organisms in a particular area.


exactly the same in some way.