From 2014 to 2015, the overall amount of energy consumed in the UK grew by almost 2%. While this is largely due to the lower mean temperature for the year, it also reflects a growing demand for energy.
While domestic energy accounts for over a quarter of the UK’s overall consumption, the rest is used in transport, industry and services. But which sectors and businesses are responsible for consuming the most energy, and what types of fuel do they typically use?
To find out, we’ve put together a comprehensive illustrated guide showing where energy is consumed across different sectors in the UK. The graphic details which types of business use the highest amount of energy in their sector, and also includes a breakdown of the UK’s top 10 biggest business energy consumers.
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As the statistics demonstrate, the way in which UK businesses consume energy has changed dramatically since 1970. Though solid fuels remain the biggest source of energy for domestic and industrial energy use, the demand for natural gas is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.
Many factors affect overall energy consumption, not least the weather, which is why it varies greatly from sector to sector. But as the population of the UK continues to rise the demand for energy will rise with it, so we can certainly expect increased energy consumption in the future.
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