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Fossil Fuels

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of James Wharton James Wharton Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Wimbledon of 8 March 2010, Official Report, column 10W, on fossil fuels, what proportion of UK energy demand has been met from fossil fuel sources in each year since 2008.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The volume and proportion of UK energy demand met from fossil fuel sources since 2008 is shown in the following table.

Million tonnes of oil equivalent
  2008 2009 2010
  Volume Proportion (percentage) Volume Proportion (percentage) Volume Proportion (percentage)
Coal 38.0 16.9 31.2 14.8 32.4 14.9
Petroleum 75.1 33.3 71.2 33.7 70.5 32.4
Natural gas 93.0 41.3 85.9 40.7 93.1 42.8
Total all fossil fuels 206.1 91.4 188.3 89.2 195,9 90.0

Figures for 2008 were revised in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics 2010 and therefore differ from those provided in the answer given on 8 March 2010, Hansard, column 10W.

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