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Business Energy Use


Industry share of Energy Consumption and Purchase Costs 2009-2015
Industry% of ktoe57%56%54%54%54%56%54%
Industry% of purchase costs45%42%37%36%38%40%40%

Industry accounted for 54% of energy ktoe and 40% of energy costs in 2015

Figure 1: Distribution of Energy Consumption by Product 2015
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The Industry sector accounted for 54% of total non-domestic energy consumption in 2015 in terms of kilotonnes of oil equivalent (ktoe). The energy products used by industry have a lower relative cost than those used by the Services sector. Hence the proportion of purchase costs accounted for by the industry sector was 40% in 2015 compared with 60% of fuel purchase costs being paid for by the Services sector. The total consumption by industry and services increased by 2.8% in quantity terms (ktoe) in 2015 but fell by 8.1% in cost terms (see Table A and Tables 1A and 1B).

The mix of energy products used by Irish enterprises in 2015 is given in Figure 1. In terms of ktoe, natural gas accounted for 30% of the total kilotonnes of oil equivalent with aviation fuels accounting for a further 23%. Solid fuels comprised another 15% and electricity a further 13%. The use of energy from renewables and from waste increased from 217 ktoe in 2009 to 334 ktoe in 2015 or by 54% over the six years (see Table 2A).

In monetary terms the proportion of total fuel purchase costs accounted for by each energy product was quite different than the ktoe distribution (see Tables 2A and 2C). Electricity accounted for 33% of total costs while natural gas comprised 20%. This turnaround is partly accounted for by electricity being used for final energy consumption whereas a substantial proportion of natural gas is used for intermediate consumption to make electricity (see Table 4A). Road transport fuels similarly accounted for a much smaller proportion of total ktoe in 2015 (9%) than of total cost (17%).

This release is based on the National Accounts residence principle. This means that energy used abroad by enterprises resident in Ireland is included. Energy used in Ireland by foreign resident enterprises is not included. See Background Notes for more information.