2017 Lao PDR Key Figures
Population: 6.85 million
GDP growth rate: 6.83 %/year
Energy independence: 89.7%
Total consumption/GDP:* 54.3 (2015=100)
CO2 Emissions: 0.21 tCO2/capita
Rate of T&D power losses: 12.8%
* at purchasing power parity
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Total Energy consumption

Energy consumption is relatively low at 0.41 toe/capita, including around 725 kWh of electricity (2017).


Total energy consumption has increased by 2.5%/year since 2000 and reached 2.8 Mtoe in 2017. Biomass meets 48% of the energy needs, followed by lignite (19%), oil (17%) and hydroelectricity (16%).

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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-2017, 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 resources which are not yet widely explored in Lao PDR (biofuels, biogas, solar energy, wind, small hydropower). The Government aims to increase the share of renewable energies to 30% of the total energy consumption by 2025. The government targets 400 MW of small hydro, 33 MW of solar, 73 MW of ...

 Share of renewables in electricity production (incl hydro)

CO2 fuel combustion/CO2 emissions

The country has not announced any quantitative GHG emissions reduction target through First Nationally Determined Contribution (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 renewable energy to 30% of energy consumption by 2025 (equal to ...

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