Energy: Coal

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of coal used for British energy was imported in each year from 1984 until 2010.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The table below shows the percentage of imported coal used for UK energy in each year from 1984 until 2010. These statistics are not available for Great Britain.

Year Net Imports Total Supply Import Dependency1
(Thousand Tonnes) (%)
19842 6,601 77,309 8.5
1985 10,300 105,386 9.8
1986 7,877 114,234 6.9
1987 7,428 115,894 6.4
1988 9,863 111,498 8.8
1989 10,088 107,581 9.4
1990 12,476 108,256 11.5
1991 17,787 107,513 16.5
1992 19,366 100,580 19.3
1993 17,286 86,757 19.9
1994 13,852 81,767 16.9
1995 15,037 76,942 19.5
19963 16,811 70,833 23.7
1997 18,611 63,423 29.3
1998 20,273 62,871 32.2
1999 19,532 55,445 35.2
2000 22,786 59,838 38.1
2001 34,992 63,530 55.1
2002 28,149 58,639 48.0
2003 31,349 62,865 49.9
2004 35,531 60,567 58.7
2005 43,433 61,780 70.3
2006 50,085 67,340 74.4
2007 42,821 62,904 68.1
2008 43,276 58,219 74.3
2009 37,520 48,786 76.9
20104 25,394 51,522 49.3

1 Net imports divided by total supply, multiplied by 100. This is consistent with the EU definition.

2 Between 1984 and 1995 the components of the import dependency percentages can be found in the long-term trends tables, Table 2.1.1 and 2.1.2, Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2010.

3 Between 1996 and 2009 the components of the import dependency percentages can be found in Table 2.7, Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2010.

4 Provisional 2010 statistics have been provided. These are sourced from Table 2.5 and 2.6 of the online monthly statistical release. The figures for 2010 will be updated and published at 09.30 am on Thursday 31 March 2011 as part of the quarterly statistical release, Energy Trends March 2011.

* The statistics used to compile this table can be found on the DECC website, http:decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/source/coal/coal.aspx.

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