World Energy Dashboard from TIBCO

This dashboard has been put together by TIBCO to display data concerning global energy usage. It contains data for 65 countries, over a 40 year time period. The dashboard contains five tabs in total – Energy consumption by country, Energy consumption by country (relative), Oil production vs. Consumption,  CO2 vs Total energy and Data. The primary component to each of the first three charts is an interactive global chart. It is colour coded to display the energy consumption levels of each coutry, with green meaning a low level, white being average, and red indicating a very high level of energy usage. On the left hand side of the first dashboard tab is a drop down menu which allows you to filter the map display. Users can choose to see the Coal Production of each country, the Coal Consumption, Nuclear energy consumption, Hydro consumption, Primary energy consumption, CO2 emissions, Oil consumption, Oil production, Gas production, Gas consumption, or CO2 emissions per capita. When a specific country is selected on the global map, a stacked bar chart appears on the lower half of the dashboard, displaying yearly consumption by energy type.

The second tab of the dashboard deals with relative energy consumption by country. This is in fact a very bad layout. Each country has a pie chart superimposed upon it, and each pie chart is colour coded to display comparative energy usage data by energy type. Furthermore the magnitude of each pie chart on the map indicates how much overall energy is being consumed by each country in comparison with the others. This is a very messy and unattractive chart. Europe in particular is a cluster of pie charts, although the option does exist to view this dashboard by continent. Mousing over a pie chart provides more detailed data, but the mouse must be placed directly over each segment in order to display the mouse over text. This is quite tedious and awkward in some cases, as many of the pie chart segments are quite small.

The third tab on this dashboard, Oil production vs Consumption, follows a similar layout to the first, while the C02 versus Total Energy tab provides comparative blocks of total energy consumption and C02 emissions per country or per region, for the year 2008.

World Energy Consumption Dashboard