Lowest Danish energy consumption in 32 years

Date: 30 March 2015

Observed energy consumption fell again in 2014, and this is the lowest energy consumption in Denmark since 1983. At the same time, consumption of coal and natural gas fell drastically and thereby CO2 emissions too. These figures are from the Danish Energy Agency’s preliminary energy statistics for 2014. The preliminary statistics also show a continued increase in the use of renewables.

Observed Danish energy consumption fell by 4.7% to 723 PJ in 2014. This is the lowest level since 1983. This development is primarily due to the fact that net imports of electricity were just over 2½-times higher in 2014 than in 2013, so a smaller percentage of electricity consumption was covered by domestic power plants. This resulted in a lower consumption of coal and coke, which dropped by 17.3%, while consumption of natural gas dropped by 14.2%. At the same time, consumption of renewable energy increased by 1.6%.

Gross energy consumption adjusted for fluctuations in climate and fuel consumption linked to foreign trade in electricity, which shows the long-term trend was at par with 2013. Except for a slight increase in 2010, adjusted gross energy consumption has been decreasing since 2007.

Drop in CO2 emissions and greenhouse gas emissions
As a consequence of the higher net imports of electricity, and lower coal and gas consumption, observed emissions of CO2 fell by 7.7% in 2014. Adjusted CO2 emissions were almost unchanged compared to 2013.

On the basis of the preliminary energy statistics, total observed Danish emissions of greenhouse gases are estimated to have dropped by 5.9% in 2014, whereas emissions adjusted for climate and fuel consumption linked to foreign trade in electricity are estimated to be almost unchanged. The official statement of greenhouse gas emissions is published by the Danish Centre for Environment and Energy (DCE).

Continued increase in the use of renewables
Renewable energy’s share of energy consumption continues to increase. Renewable energy’s share of adjusted gross energy consumption increased from 24.4% in 2013 to 25.2% in 2014, primarily as a result of the expansion of wind power and solar energy.

The degree of self-sufficiency is still falling
The degree of self-sufficiency for energy fell in 2014 from 93% to 90%. This means that total Danish production of energy in the form of oil, natural gas and renewable energy corresponded to 90% of Denmark’s gross energy consumption in 2014.

Source: State of Green