And while 2018 saw another sharp pick up in renewable power such as wind and solar, continued growth in oil, gas and coal consumption meant that overall, the world's energy mix remained "depressingly" flat, BP Chief Economist Spencer Dale said in the company's benchmark 2019 Statistical Review of World Energy. "The world is on an unsustainable path", he said.
The BP report found that while the use of renewable forms of energy grew by 14.5 per cent in 2018, it still accounted for just a third of the total rise in power generation a year ago.
Emissions rose as a result of increased energy demands around the world.
"The longer carbon emissions continue to rise, the harder and".
Global carbon emissions skyrocketed last year at the fastest rate in seven years - prompted by a weather-related spike in energy demand, according to a newly released report from BP.
China, India and the United States accounted for around two-thirds of the growth in energy demand.
Carbon emissions grew by 2% over the previous year, about 0.6 gigatons - "roughly equivalent to the carbon emissions associated with increasing the number of passenger cars on the planet by a third", the company's chief economist Spencer Dale said in a statement.
Earlier this year, BP agreed to increase its disclosure on emissions, set targets to reduce them and show how future investments meet the Paris goals.
Meanwhile, energy consumption grew by 2.9%.
There was an unusual number of hot and cold days a year ago, which prompted increased demand for both heating and cooling, the multinational oil and gas company said in its annual global energy report.
The BP review showed an increase in oil and gas production, driven largely by a break-neck expansion of USA shale output.
While OPEC, Russia and other producers continue to cut back oil production in an effort to boost prices, USA drillers are rapidly increasing output, particularly from the prolific Permian basin in west Texas and New Mexico.
The US boom also accounted for almost half of an unprecedented increase in global natural gas supplies, which increased by 5 per cent in 2018.
The increase in USA oil and gas production was the largest-ever annual increase by any country, BP said.