Crude oil and other liquids produced from fossil fuels are refined into petroleum products that people use for many different purposes. biofuels are also used as petroleum derivatives, mainly in blends with gasoline and diesel.
Historically, oil has been the largest major energy source for the US annual total. uu. energy consumption. We use petroleum products to power vehicles, heat buildings, and produce electricity. In the industrial sector, the petrochemical industry uses petroleum as a raw material (feedstock) to make products such as plastics, polyurethane, solvents, and hundreds of other intermediate and end-user goods.
in 2021, usa. uu. oil consumption averaged around 19.78 million barrels per day (b/d), which included around one million b/d of biofuels. U.S. Total oil consumption was about 8% higher in 2021 than the 2020 level, largely because the US economy recovered from the effects of responses to the covid-19 pandemic. consumption of most petroleum products in 2021 was higher than in 2020.
- the percentage share of the total u.s. the oil consumption of the main end-use sectors in 2021 was:1
- transportation 67.2%
- industrial 26.9%
- residential 2.8%
- commercial 2.5%
- electrical energy 0.5%
- The top five oil-consuming countries and their percentage share of total world oil consumption in 2019 were:
- united states20.5%
- Chinese 14.0%
what are the petroleum products that people consume the most?
Gasoline is the most widely consumed petroleum product in the United States. In 2021, consumption of finished motor gasoline averaged about 8.8 million b/d (369 million gallons per day), which equaled about 44% of the US total. uu. oil consumption.
Distillate fuel oil is the second most consumed petroleum product in the United States. distillate fuel oil includes diesel fuel and heating oil. Diesel fuel is used in the diesel engines of heavy construction equipment, trucks, buses, tractors, ships, trains, some automobiles, and electricity generators. Heating oil, also called fuel oil, is used in boilers and furnaces to heat homes and buildings, for industrial heating, and to produce electricity in power plants. Total distillate fuel oil consumption in 2021 averaged about 3.94 million b/d (669 million gallons per day), equal to 29% of the US total. uu. oil consumption.
Hydrocarbon Gas Liquids (HGLs), the third most widely used category of petroleum in the United States, include propane, ethane, butane, and other HGLs that are produced in natural gas processing plants and oil refineries. hgls has many uses. Total hgls consumption in 2021 averaged around 3.41 million b/d, representing around 17% of total oil consumption.
jet fuel is the fourth most used petroleum product in the united states. jet fuel consumption averaged about 1.37 million b/d (58 million gallons per day) in 2021, representing about 7% of total oil consumption.
How much oil does the world consume?
total global oil consumption in 2019 was about 100.37 million b/d.
what is the outlook for the us? oil consumption?
in the 2022 annual energy outlook reference case, us. uu. energy information management projects u.s. Total consumption of oil and other liquids will increase in most years up to 2050. Total consumption levels of oil and other liquids are projected to be about 14% higher in 2050 than in 2021. Liquid fuels will account for 36 % and 38% of the US annual total. uu. power consumption up to 2050.
also in the reference case, liquid fuels continue to be the main source of energy for the transport sector, but the percentage share falls slightly from 96% in 2021 to 92% in 2050. the total consumption volume of liquid fuels in the transport sector will be more or less the same in 2050 as in 2021.
last updated: July 1, 2022 with the most recent data available at the time of the update.