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The Energy Sectors Leading Economies in 2020

Parul Dubey on June 11, 2020 - in Energy, News

Research by British Business Energy reveals the economies powered by the energy sector

  • The USA, China and Russia named as the world’s top energy earners 
  • Over 46% of the Netherlands nominal GDP is created by the energy sector – home to Royal Dutch Shell
  • Hong Kong has the highest amount of energy-related employees per 1,000 working people, closely followed by Russia, France and the Netherlands


April 2020: The production and sale of energy is growing – and with consumption increasing, the world’s producers and providers are having to think of renewable methods in efforts to move away from exhaustible fossil fuels.

Research by British Business Energy looks at energy companies around the world, providing insight into the world’s largest energy economies including top earners, GDP contributions, countries with the highest number of energy-related employees and which countries are leading the way when it comes to renewable energy.

You can view the graphic here: https://britishbusinessenergy.co.uk/biggest-energy-economies/

Top five energy economies


Rank Country Combined Revenue ($ Millions)
1 USA $1,234,452
2 China $836,627
3 Russia $464,254
4 Netherlands $388,379
5 India $351,093

From all energy companies combined, the USA takes the lead as the world’s top energy earner. Home to notable names such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Phillips 66 – the USA makes over $1 trillion through energy companies. China takes second place, earning just under $837 million and Russia in third with a much lower figure of $464 million.


How does the energy industry contribute to a country’s GDP?

Despite being the world’s top energy earner, this only contributes to 6.34% of the USA’s nominal GDP. The Netherlands actually sees just under half of its nominal GDP attributable to energy companies at 46.76%, closely followed by Russia at 29.41%.


Rank Country Revenue/GDP Ratio (%)
1 Netherlands 46.76%
2 Russia 29.41%
3 Norway 19.66%
4 Hong Kong 17%
5 Thailand 16.36%


Who leads the way when it comes to energy employment?

Hong Kong is the world leader when it comes to energy employment – with every 18th person out of 1,000 being employed in the energy sector. Whilst for Russia’s working population, every 17th person out 1,000 is in an energy related job, the country also features in the top five countries for revenue and contributions to GDP.

France and the Netherlands take joint third place with every 9th person employed being in an energy-related job. The UK lags behind in 10th place with only 3 people out of every 1,000 being in an energy-related role.


Renewable energy

A growing industry that relies heavily on exhaustible resources, we take a look at the top ten countries who are investing in, partially using or plans to use renewable energy in the near future.


Rank Country Renewable Score
1 USA 7
2 Brazil 6.5
3 India 6.3
4 Hungary 5.5
5 Argentina 5.5
6 South Korea 5.5
7 Poland 5.2
8 Spain 5.1
9 Denmark 5
10 Germany 5


Ian Wright, Managing Director of British Business Energy said: “As a global population we are becoming more environmentally conscious, but with the demand for energy increasing it’s important to highlight the economies which are leading the way for revenue but also employment and renewable energy production.

To find out more about energy around the world view the full research on British Business Energy here [LINK]



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We have analysed 29 countries to find out which countries are leading the way for the energy industry. The countries have been ranked by their revenue from energy companies, and in comparison to their GDP, the number of employees in the energy sector and a renewable energy score.


Data collected between 26/03/20 – 27/03/20



Please provide full credit to British Business Energy when referring to the data in this release.

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