Pure gasoline consumption within the Netherlands in 2022 at its lowest in 50 years
Pure gasoline consumption within the Netherlands decreased by 22% in 2022 in comparison with 2021 and reached its lowest level in 50 years. Decrease consumption in households and gas-intensive industries primarily explains the figures.
Statistics Netherlands launched its newest figures on pure gasoline consumption on February 13 and reveals that whole consumption within the nation stood at 31 billion cubic meters in 2022. It’s the lowest stage since 1972.
Pure gasoline consumption in 2022 declined 22 p.c from 40.1 billion cubic meters in 2021. It’s the steepest change, each decline and improve, within the final 50 years. Over this era, year-on-year consumption fluctuated at a bigger vary than 10 p.c solely in six different years, and by no means greater than 13 p.c. The Netherlands skilled a 13 p.c improve in pure gasoline consumption in 2010 when it reached its highest stage since 1972 at 53 billion cubic meters used.
Statistics Netherlands explains this low consumption by a decline in industrial use and in households.
Giant pure gas-intensive firms, accounting for 20 p.c of nationwide consumption, lowered their consumption by 2.39 billion cubic meters, and dwellings by 2.37 billion cubic meters.
The sturdy decline amongst massive industrial firms that usually have excessive pure gasoline consumption ranges (-28%) was significantly noticeable within the petroleum and chemical industries. On the similar time, energy vegetation consumed 12 p.c much less pure gasoline.
Households’ pure gasoline consumption declined by 25 p.c and reached 7.16 billion cubic meters in 2022. Households account for 23 p.c of the nationwide pure gasoline consumption within the Netherlands. A part of the decline, about 10 proportion factors, could be attributed to heat temperatures. However eradicating the impact of temperatures, Statistics Netherlands finds that Dutch households consumed 15 p.c much less pure gasoline in 2022 than in 2021.
And this decline was largely as a consequence of excessive gasoline costs within the nation as a consequence of the Russian invasion of Ukraine based on the statistics bureau.
The decline in pure gasoline consumption can be partially on account of greenhouse horticulture firms producing their very own electrical energy with a gasoline engine, a sector accounting for nearly 7 p.c of the nation’s gasoline consumption, as they consumed greater than 30 p.c much less pure gasoline.
This frugal consumption helped the Netherlands have gasoline storage amenities nicely stuffed at three quarters of the storage amenities. Dutch gasoline reserves had been greater than twice as massive on the finish of 2022 as on the finish of 2021. The Netherlands additionally elevated imports, notably of liquefied pure gasoline as a substitute for Russian pure gasoline.
As Europe is extra seemingly going to cross winter with out rationing power or slicing energy, gasoline costs on monetary markets not too long ago dropped. Gasoline costs are exchanged within the Netherlands at a value near the degrees seen in September 2021 earlier than the conflict in Ukraine.
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