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Global gas demand slowed amid rising coal and renewable use

The IEA has said the demand grew just 1.2% in 2013

Global gas demand growth slowed last year as it struggled to compete with rises in coal and renewable energy use, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Total global gas demand increased by just 1.2% in 2013, to around 3.5 trillion cubic metres (cm), as sluggish economic activity, competition from coal and renewable energy in power generation and supply constraints all put pressure on consumption.  The IEA said that while gas being outpaced by coal and renewable energy has been a well documented trend over the past decade, it is unusual that gas demand growth is lagging behind oil consumption, which increased by 1.4% last year. Gas demand growth was particularly subdued in the

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