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Published: 24 August 2017

Consumption of hard coal increased by 3 per cent in January to June

According to Statistics Finland's preliminary data, the consumption of hard coal increased by three per cent in January to June 2017 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 1.9 million tonnes, corresponding to 47 petajoules in energy content. Compared to the average for January to June in the 2000s, the consumption of hard coal was 24 per cent lower.

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes

The distinctly colder early summer than last year increased the consumption of hard coal. In May, 51 per cent more hard coal was consumed and in June, 31 per cent more than in the corresponding period last year.

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.

The use of hard coal widened to a new use in the process industry at the end of 2015 and the consumption data concerned were updated retrospectively in this statistical release.

At the end of June 2017, stocks of coal amounted to two million tonnes, which was 18 per cent less than one year earlier.

Source: Consumption of hard coal, Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Ville Vertanen

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. June 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.3.2024].
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