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Published: 16 November 2012

Energy consumption in manufacturing on level with the previous year in 2011

According to Statistics Finland, the consumption of energy in manufacturing went up by around half-a-per-cent in 2011. Energy use in manufacturing totalled 565 petajoule (PJ), which according to preliminary data, is nearly one half of total final energy consumption in Finland. The consumption of electricity in manufacturing was at the same level as one year previously.

Use of energy sources in manufacturing

Use of energy sources in manufacturing

The total use of electricity in manufacturing was 41.4 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2011. Over 51 per cent of the electricity used in manufacturing was consumed in the forest industry. The chemical industry accounted for 17 per cent and the manufacture of basic metals for 13 per cent of the total use of electricity. The total use of electricity grew most in the chemical industry. In contrast, the use of electricity decreased most in the forest industry. Of the regions, the highest amounts of electricity were used in manufacturing establishments in Uusimaa, South Karelia and Satakunta, all of which accounted for over ten per cent of all electricity used in manufacturing.

Of fuels the most used in manufacturing were wood fuels, the use of which made up 46 per cent of the volume of fuels used. Wood fuels were used especially in the wood processing industry for the production of electricity and heat. Other significant energy sources for manufacturing were oil and natural gas.

According to the preliminary data of the Volume Index of Industrial Output, output in manufacturing grew most in the metal industry and the chemical industry in 2011. The biggest energy consumer in manufacturing was the forest industry, which expended 55 per cent of all energy used in manufacturing. Other major energy users were the chemical industry and the manufacture of basic metals. Energy consumption went down most in the electronics and electrical industry.

The use volume of heat purchased from outside grew by nearly one per cent from the previous year. More than one half of purchased heat was used in the forest industry. Other big users of heat were the chemical industry and the food industry.

Data for the year 2011 are released as preliminary figures. The data will become revised in connection with the next release.

Source: Energy use in manufacturing, Statistics Finland

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Updated 16.11.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Energy use in manufacturing [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-7776. 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.7.2022].
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