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Advanced economies may be reducing oil dependency – IEA
Greater efficiency and alternative fuels contributing to the trend.
July 14, 2010 8:37 by Rasha Reslan
In advanced economies around the world, increases in economic activity are not being matched by commensurate rises in oil consumption, according to the International Energy Agency, IEA, AFP reported. The trend suggests that these economies are reducing their oil dependency.
The agency indicated that the trend may mark the beginning of a period of stability in oil markets, predicting an 18 month period of relative stability.
Declines in oil demand are expected for North America, Europe, and the Pacific, according to IEA. “Greater efficiency, saturation and interfuel substitution more than outweigh the impact of economic growth on oil demand,” the agency said.