Free Public Access to BP Energy Data

15 September 2014


 Adam Matthew are enabling free public access for one month to their innovative ‘Energy Data Visualisation Tool’, which uses the latest web-based information visualization techniques to represent a vast array of data on global energy use. Users will be able to access global energy reserves, production and consumption data and explore the huge growth in renewables between 1965 and 2012 with free access for 30 days.

Available from 15th September – 15th October 2014 at http://resources.amdigital.co.uk/gc/oil/, the tool utilises the latest Statistical Review of World Energy data from BP to allow users to identify major developments over the past 47 years.

The tool forms part of Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Culture, which traces the history of 15 major commodities that transformed the world over hundreds of years, combining manuscripts, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of global commodities in world history.


Developed in collaboration with Axis Maps, the Energy Data Visualisation tool enables users to:
• View global oil reserves, production and consumption
• Explore the huge growth in renewable energies such as Solar and Wind capacity
• See how despite a global attempt to reduce carbon pollution, Coal production is still growing dramatically
• Understand the impact of the booming emerging economies led by India and China
• Witness dynamically how global energy consumption has increased c.350% since 1965

Users can filter the available data in a number of ways with results displayed on a line graph, bar chart, and animated 3D globe.

David Heyman, Managing Director at Axis Maps, commented on designing and developing the resource:

“Beyond the animated globe—which is novel and instantly engaging—our goal for this project was to give context to the data points that make up this map. When examining a country, a user can see where it is, how much energy it produced / consumed and when it changes.”

The tool is available from 15th September – 15th October 2014 at http://resources.amdigital.co.uk/gc/oil/