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Latest publication: Consumption of hard coal 2020, September

Published: 25 August 2016

Consumption of hard coal increased in January to June, in the long term consumption has decreased

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, the consumption of hard coal increased by ten per cent in the first half of 2016 compared with the corresponding period of last year. The consumption of hard coal as a fuel in the generation of electricity and heat amounted to 1.7 million tonnes, corresponding to 41 petajoules in energy content. Examined in the longer term, the consumption of hard coal has, however, clearly decreased. Compared to the average for January to June in the 2000s, consumption of hard coal was now one-third lower.

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes
The data for years 2015 and 2016 are preliminary.

In April, 13 per cent less hard coal was consumed and in May 16 per cent less than in the previous year. Consumption more than doubled in June, which was primarily due to the record low consumption of hard coal in June 2015.

Most of the hard coal consumed in Finland is used in combined heat and power production. The use of hard coal in separate production of electricity has clearly diminished in recent years because condensate power plants have been removed from use.

Hard coal consumption in Finland typically fluctuates seasonally. Some of the fluctuation is explained by the natural variation in the need for electricity and heat between the summer and winter seasons. The difference between statistical reference years is explained by variations in the demand for heating energy and the Nordic water situation, which particularly influences the electricity exchange price and thus the demand for separate production of electricity as well. Therefore, long-term consumption development cannot be deducted from the change in hard coal consumption in successive years.

At the end of June 2016, stocks of hard coal totalled 2.4 million tonnes, or 30 per cent lower than one year earlier.

Source: Consumption of hard coal, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ville Maljanen 029 551 2691, energia@stat.fi

Director in charge: Ville Vertanen

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Updated 25.08.2016

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. June 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.1.2021].
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