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The United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook 2014

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The aim of the Global Compact International Yearbook is to create a global overview of the achievements of the UN Global Compact (UNGC). The book offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues to stakeholders around the world and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact principles. Thus the publication helps to advance transparency, promotes the sharing of best-practices, and, perhaps most significantly, gives a strong voice to the regional and global actors that are at the heart of the initiative.

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Primary energy consumption

United Nations define primary energy consumption as the direct use at the source, or supply to users without transformation, of crude energy, that is, energy that has not been subjected to any conversion or transformation process. Over the past decade the global energy consumption of primary energy has grown by 30 %. Most of that growth has come from outside OECD countries. In the next two decades the global demand will continue with China and India as two new mayor consumers. The importance of renewables energies will grow, too. But due to the uninhibited demand the fossile energy sources petroleum, coal, and natural gas will still be the principal energy sources.

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