World Cup energy goals

World Cup energy goals

The World Cup 2018 has kicked off and excitement levels have hit fever pitch. We’ve put together a rundown of each team’s best performances alongside a look at their energy related goals and achievements.

The World Cup 2018 has kicked off and excitement levels have hit fever pitch. We’ve put together a rundown of each team’s best performances alongside a look at their energy related goals and achievements.

CountryFIFA World RankingBest World Cup PerformanceEnergy facts
Argentina5Winners: 1978, 1986Argentina’s recoverable shale oil reserves are 27 billion barrels. The Vaca Muerta formation is the second largest reserve of unconventional oil and gas in the world.
Australia362nd Round: 2006Australia’s struggles to meet peak demand led to Tesla owner Elon Musk building and launching a 100MW battery in South Australia within 100 days.
Belgium3Fourth Place: 1986Over half of Belgium’s electricity generation comes from just two active nuclear power plants – Tihange and Doel. The Belgian Government backed a complete phase out of the fuel by 2025.
Brazil25 x WinnersBrazil has the largest capacity for water storage in the world.
Colombia16Quarter-finals: 2014Colombia has enough wind power potential to meet electricity demand twice over but currently installed capacity covers just 0.4% of this wind potential.
Costa Rica23Quarter-finals: 2014Renewable energy in Costa Rica supplied over 98% of all its electricity in 2016.
Croatia203rd place: 1998Despite boasting some of the sunniest locations in Europe, it has only 52MW of installed solar panels.
Denmark12Quarter-finals: 1998Denmark is on track to have 50% of its total energy supplies by renewable sources by 2030, surpassing EU energy targets.
Egypt451st Round: 1934, 1990, 2018Egypt’s electricity mix has shifted significantly. Hydro went from providing 60% of power in 1970 to just 8% by 2012. Natural gas grew from nothing in the 1970s to over 75% of electricity by 2012.
England12Winners: 1966Coal fired generation fell from 40% of electricty in 2012 to just 2% in 2017 (data for the UK).
France7Winners: 1998France has the largest share of nuclear electricity in the world and is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity.
Germany14 x WinnersGermany has the largest installed solar capcaity in Europe with over 40GW. In 2012 it set the world record for solar generation producing 22GW over 24 hours.
Iceland22Debut 2018Iceland is the only country in the world which obtains 100% of its electricity and heat from renewable sources.
Iran371st RoundIran has the fourth largest oil reserves and the second largest natural gas reserves in the world.
Japan612nd Round: 2002, 2010Japan lacks domestic reserves of fossil fuels. In 2010 the country relied on oil imports to meet 84% of its energy demand. Nuclear power met 30% of electricity needs until the 2011 Fukushima disaster which forced the eventual closure of all the country’s reactors for safety reasons.
Mexico15Quarter-finals: 1970, 1986Mexico expects to have half of its electricity generated by clean sources by 2034, 16 years ahead of schedule.
Morocco412nd Round: 1986Morocco has very few deposits of fossil fuels and imports 90% of its energy needs.
Nigeria482nd Round: 1994, 1998, 2014Nearly half of the Nigerian population has no access to electricity at all. The country estimates it needs 10 times its current output to supply all its people.
Panama55Debut: 2018244 LNG tankers are expected to traverse the Panama Canal this year, an increase from 163 in 2017.
Peru11Quarter-finals: 1970Access to electricity in Peru rose from just 45% in 1990 to 92% by 2007.


3rd place: 1974, 1982

Poland tops the EU list for coal energy producers and coal accounts for a massive 80% of electricity generation.


3rd place: 1966

In March 2018, Portugal’s renewable electricity production surpassed monthly consumption for the first time.

Russia704th place: 1966Russia has the largest natural gas reserves in the world. Exports to Europe rose 8% in 2017 to record highs, with Russia supplying close to 40% of all of Europe’s gas.
Saudi Arabia672nd Round: 1994Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil producer and exporter. It has grand plans for solar generation, building the world’s largest solar power generation project with a capacity of 200GW – more than double the total solar capacity in the United States.
Senegal27Quarter-finals: 2002Senegal’s installed capacity for electricity generation is just 633MW, with the country mostly reliant on imports of diesel and gas.
Serbia344th place: 1930, 1962Serbia has Europe’s largest reserves of lignite, and lignite coal fired power plants provide 70% of the country’s electricity.
South Korea


4th place: 2002

South Korea imports nearly all its oil needs and is the second largest import of Liquified Natural Gas in the world.
Spain10Winners: 2010Spain is the world leader for concentrated solar power, installing the first tower capable of utilising the technology in 2007.
Sweden24Runners-up: 1958Around 60% of Sweden’s power comes from renewable sources and the country is on track to run entirely on renewables by 2040.
Switzerland6Quarter-finals: 1954Switzerland has 15,635MW of installed hydropower capacity accounting for nearly 60% of domestic electricity production.
Tunisia211st RoundTunisia wants to build a giant 4.5GW solar park in the Saharan desert and export the power to Europe, generating enough electricity to power 2 million homes.
Uruguay14Winners: 1930, 1950In 2017, wind accounted for 33% of Uruguay’s electricity – up from just 1% four years earlier.

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Ross Moffat

Posted by on Monday, the 18. June at 11.07

Ross Moffat has been a part of the Market Intelligence team at Utilitywise since early 2014. His responsibilities include delivering Market Intelligence reports to clients and managing the Utility Insights Twitter account.Ross has a first class Honours degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Stirling.