2018 Lao PDR Key Figures
Population: 6.95 million
GDP growth rate: 6.31 %/year
Energy independence: 100%
Total consumption/GDP:* 117 (2015=100)
CO2 Emissions: 2.66 tCO2/capita
Rate of T&D power losses: 28.7%
* at purchasing power parity
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Total Energy consumption

Energy consumption is relatively low at 0.83 toe/capita (vs 2.05 toe/capita in Thailand), including around 780 kWh of electricity (2018).


Total energy consumption increased by nearly 5%/year over 2000-2014 and then accelerated to reach 5.8 Mtoe in 2018 (+17%/year). The share of lignite has increased rapidly, becoming the ...

Lao PDR energy report

 Total energy consumption

Crude oil production

In 2007 the Government granted an exploration permit for the Savannakhet area, which is the main zone of interest in the country. Three permits had been granted in the past, but no drillings were carried out and the companies withdrew. As at end-2019, drilling has yet to start in the Champasak and Saravan PSC.

Lao PDR's oil demand is entirely covered by imports. The majority of the ...

Asia Refineries Dataset

 Crude oil production

Renewable in % electricity production

In 2011, the Government published its Renewable Energy Development Strategy, which focuses on small scale renewables (biofuels, biogas, solar energy, wind, small hydropower). The Government aims to increase renewables to 30% of the total energy consumption by 2025. The government targets 400 MW of small hydro, 33 MW of solar, 73 MW of wind, 58 MW of biomass and 51 MW of biogas capacity by ...

 Share of renewables in electricity production (incl hydro)

CO2 fuel combustion/CO2 emissions

The country has not announced any quantitative GHG emissions reduction target in its NDC. However the country proposed several initiatives, including increasing its forest cover to 70% of its land area by 2020 (equal to 60 to 69 MtCO2 equivalent), increasing the share of small-scale renewables to 30% of energy consumption by 2025 (equal to 1 468 MtCO2eq), as well as increasing large-scale ...

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