Energy Usage Takes a Dive by 11% in Q1 – Kickstarting the Year With a Bang!

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The total energy consumption in January to March amounted to 344 petajoule (PJ), which was 11 per cent less than in the corresponding period last year, according to Statistics Finland.

Electricity consumption amounted to 23 terawatt hours (TWh), or nine per cent lower than one year earlier. Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy use of fuels declined by 15 per cent year-on-year.

The warm start of the year was the most significant reason for the fall in total consumption of energy. The consumption of all fuels fell in the first quarter of the year.

The consumption of coal and natural gas decreased by 23 and 24 per cent from the year before. The consumption of oil fell by six per cent, which was particularly visible in the sales of liquid fuels.

Less liquid fuels were consumed due to restrictions to traffic that entered into force in March due to the coronavirus epidemic. The stoppage of the forest industry at the turn of January and February contributed to the 19 per cent fall in the consumption of wood fuels. The consumption of peat was 23 per cent lower than one year ago.

In addition to the warm weather, the fall in electricity consumption was affected by lower consumption of electricity in manufacturing.

The stoppage of the forest industry and the paper machines closed at the end of last year weakened the demand for electricity in manufacturing. The exceptionally warm early part of the year was also rainy and at the same time very windy. Thus, renewable electricity production had favourable conditions in the first quarter.

The production of hydro power and wind power increased by 54 and 44 per cent from the year before.

In January to March, diverse energy products were imported into Finland to the value of EUR 2.1 billion, which was 22 per cent less than one year earlier. Most energy products were imported from Russia, whose share of the value of imports was 60 per cent.

Exports of energy products from Finland amounted to EUR one billion. The value of exports decreased by 26 per cent from the corresponding quarter of the year before. Most energy products were exported to OECD countries, which accounted for 78 per cent of the value of exports.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

14 Comments
  1. LisaJohnson says

    The decrease in energy consumption is a positive trend, reflecting both changes in weather patterns and the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on traffic and industry. It’s encouraging to see a significant drop in carbon dioxide emissions as well. Hopefully, this trend continues throughout the year.

  2. EmmaJohnson87 says

    The decrease in energy consumption is a positive sign, and it’s great to see the impact of various factors like the warm weather and changes in fuel consumption. This decline in energy usage not only reflects a shift towards more sustainable practices but also highlights the adaptability of industries during challenging times.

  3. EmmaSmith83 says

    The decrease in energy consumption during the first quarter of the year is truly remarkable. It’s great to see that the efforts to reduce carbon emissions are starting to show results! Let’s continue down this path towards a more sustainable future.

  4. EmilySmith92 says

    Was the decrease in energy consumption mainly due to external factors like the warm start of the year, or were there specific policies that contributed to this considerable drop?

    1. MichaelJohnson78 says

      The decrease in energy consumption in the first quarter of the year was primarily driven by external factors, such as the warm weather and restrictions on traffic due to the coronavirus epidemic. Specific policies played a minimal role in the considerable drop in consumption.

  5. MeganSmith123 says

    Do you think the decrease in energy consumption is solely due to the warm start of the year, or are there other contributing factors?

    1. JohnDoe456 says

      Hi MeganSmith123, the warm start of the year definitely played a significant role in the decrease in energy consumption. However, other factors such as the decrease in coal and natural gas consumption, restrictions on traffic affecting liquid fuels, and the stoppage of the forest industry also contributed to the overall decline in energy usage. It’s a combination of various elements that came together to drive down energy consumption in the first quarter. Hope this helps clarify things for you!

  6. AvaSmith79 says

    The decrease in total energy consumption in the first quarter is a positive sign for the environment. It’s great to see the impact of reduced energy usage on carbon dioxide emissions. Hopefully, this trend continues throughout the year.

  7. EmilySmith says

    Was the decrease in energy consumption primarily due to the warm start of the year or were there other contributing factors mentioned in the article?

    1. SamuelJones says

      The warm start of the year was indeed the most significant reason for the decline in energy consumption. Additionally, the decrease was also influenced by lower consumption of electricity in manufacturing, restrictions on traffic due to the coronavirus epidemic, and the stoppage of the forest industry affecting various fuel consumption rates.

  8. EmilyG says

    The decrease in energy consumption in the first quarter of the year is a positive outcome, reflecting the impact of various factors such as the warm start to the year, reduced traffic due to restrictions, and changes in manufacturing demand. It’s encouraging to see a decline in carbon emissions as a result of these changes.

  9. EmilyJohnson says

    The decrease in total energy consumption in Q1 is a positive sign, with a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The impact of the warm start of the year on the decline in energy consumption is evident, especially with the decrease in the use of coal, natural gas, and oil. Restrictions on traffic and industry closures have further contributed to the decrease in the consumption of various fuels. It’s crucial to continue this trend by promoting energy efficiency and renewable sources.

  10. AmyJohnson says

    The decrease in energy consumption during the first quarter of the year is a positive sign towards sustainability and environmental impact reduction. It’s great to see the efforts to lower carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency yielding results.

  11. Emily1990 says

    The decrease in energy usage during the first quarter is a positive development. It’s great to see that the warm start of the year contributed to this significant drop. Hopefully, this trend continues throughout the year, leading to a more sustainable energy consumption pattern overall.

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