Last year, energy consumption in the Netherlands fell 1.5 percent to 3,100 petajoules, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In particular, less charcoal was used. This reduced the share of coal to 11%.
The total share of fossil energy sources in energy consumption decreased by 2 percentage points to 90%.
Natural gas accounted for more than 40% and oil for just under 40%. Other sources of energy are renewable energy, nuclear power, waste and electricity imports.
The decline in coal consumption was due to the closure of former coal-fired power stations. In total, coal consumption fell from 380 petajoules in 2017 to 340 petajoules in 2018.
This decrease was absorbed by imported electricity. Net imports rose to 29 petajoules. In 2016 and 2017, the loss of electricity from coal was offset by the production of electricity from natural gas.
In calculating energy consumption, Statistics Netherlands is not only concerned with the consumption of electricity and heat, but also with the consumption of, for example, transport fuels or the production of plastic or manure with oil.
Statistics The Netherlands uses the EU calculation rules in calculating the share of renewable energy. As a result, these data differ from the figures presented on Wednesday