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2019 France Key Figures

Population: 67.6 million
GDP growth rate: 1.25 %/year
Energy independence: 54.8%

* at purchasing power parity
Total consumption/GDP:* 76.0 (2015=100)
CO2 Emissions: 4.44 tCO2/capita
Rate of T&D power losses: 8.11%

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Total Energy Consumption

Consumption per capita stood at 3.6 toe in 2018 and is 17% above the EU average. Electricity consumption per capita is 17% higher than the EU average due to the high penetration of electric heating (6 500 kWh in 2018).

Graph: CONSUMPTION TRENDS BY ENERGY SOURCE (Mtoe)

Total energy consumption has been decreasing by an average of 0.8%/year since its peak levels in 2005 (271 Mtoe), to 244 Mtoe in 2019 (-1.9%).

Interactive Chart France Total Energy Consumption

More research: France energy report

Crude Oil Production

Most of the oil consumed in France is imported; 52% in the form of crude oil (49 Mt in 2018) and 48% in the form of refined products (45 Mt, in 2018).

France received crude oil from three ports: Donges (near Nantes), Le Havre and Marseille. Six additional import points of refined products are located in Bordeaux, Dunkerque, Frontignan, La Rochelle, Port La Nouvelle, and Strasbourg.

The refining capacity is 1.3 mb/d (end-2019), down from 2 mb/d in 2005. In 2019, the production of refined products amounted to 51 Mt (-28% compared to 2010, 71 Mt).

Interactive Chart France Crude Oil Production

More research: EMEA Refineries Dataset

Oil Products Consumption

Oil product consumption decreased by 1.6%/year, on average, between its peak in 2001 (89 Mt) and 2019, reaching 67 Mt.

Graph: OIL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

The share of oil is focused on captive uses, namely the transport sector, with a 59% share of oil consumption, up from 50% in 2000.

Graph: OIL CONSUMPTION BREAKDOWN BY SECTOR (2019, %)

Interactive Chart France Refined Oil Products Production

More research: EMEA Refineries Dataset

Natural Gas Consumption

Gas demand increased rapidly until 2005, when it reached 47 bcm. It has been decreasing slightly since then with some fluctuations and was 42 bcm in 2019.

Graph: NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION (bcm)

Interactive Chart France Natural Gas Domestic Consumption

More research: EMEA LNG Trade Dataset

Coal Consumption

Consumption has fallen by 54% since 2000 (i.e. -3%/year) as a result of the shutdown of several coal-fired power plants. Coal consumption in the power sector has fallen by more than 90% since 2000. In 2019, the power sector accounted for just 9%, down from 53% in 2013.

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION BREAKDOWN BY SECTOR (2019, %)

Interactive Chart France Coal and Lignite Domestic Consumption

Power Consumption

The country's electricity has been fluctuating around 440-450 TWh depending on weather conditions (because of the high penetration of electric heating systems, i.e. around 1/3 of homes). Since 2016, electricity consumption corrected for climate variations had decreased by 0.8%/year.

Graph: ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION (TWh)

Renewable in % Electricity Production

According to the European Directive on renewables, the national target is to reach a share of renewables in final consumption of 23% in 2020; the country is behind schedule to achieve this target (16.6% achieved in 2018), especially for electricity (21% in 2018 compared to a target of 27%) and heating (21.8% in 2018 vs a target of 33%).

Interactive Chart France Share of Renewables in Electricity Production (incl hydro)

CO2 Fuel Combustion/CO2 Emissions

In 2018, GHG emissions were around 20% below 1990 levels.

The Energy-Climate Act (2019) has set 2050 as a deadline to achieve domestic carbon neutrality and ensure that the level of GHG emissions is not higher than captured emissions; the last coal-fired power plants will be closed by 2022. In addition, the Act targets a 40% reduction in the consumption of fossil-fuels by 2030 (instead of the 30% target set in the Energy Transition Act of 2015). As a member of the European Union, France committed to a 40% GHC emissions by 2030.

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