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Ireland Energy Information

Ireland Key Figures

Population: 4.86 million
GDP growth rate: 8.30 %/year
Energy independence: 36.5%

Data of the last year available: 2018
Total consumption/GDP:* 57.1 (2015=100)
CO2 Emissions: 7.20 tCO2/capita
Rate of T&D power losses: 7.43%

* at purchasing power parity

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Total Energy Consumption

In 2018, consumption per capita was 2.8 toe (down from 3.2 toe in 2010) and 10% below the EU average. Per capita electricity consumption was 5 600 kWh in 2018, in line with the EU average.

Graph: CONSUMPTION TRENDS BY ENERGY SOURCE (Mtoe)

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Crude Oil Production

There is currently no oil production. Providence Resources was the first company to report commercially viable oil flow from its Barryroe well in 2012.

Ireland imports all its crude oil and about two thirds of its refined product needs. Ireland's oil dependency is among the highest in the EU.

Ireland has just one oil refinery, the Whitegate refinery located in Cork, with a capacity of 75 000 bbl/d. It processes crude, mainly sourced from the North Sea, North Africa and West Africa.

Interactive Chart Ireland Crude Oil Production

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Oil Products Consumption

The consumption of oil products has increased slightly since 2013 to around 6 Mt in 2018. It decreased at the rapid pace of 6%/year between 2006 and 2013. The reduction in oil consumption largely took place in transport (61% of oil demand in 2018), and in the residential-tertiary sector (24%), since they both suffered from the economic recession and the oil price rise over that period. Industry represents 13% of oil consumption (including non-energy uses).

Graph: OIL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

Interactive Chart Ireland Refined Oil Products Production

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Natural Gas Consumption

Natural gas consumption rebounded in 2015 and rose to 5.4 bcm in 2018. It decreased sharply between 2010 (its peak level, 5.5 bcm) and 2014, falling 5.5%/year as a result of a reduction in power generation from gas (-10%/year).

Graph: NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION (bcm)

Interactive Chart Ireland Natural Gas Domestic Consumption

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Coal Consumption

The consumption of coal dropped from 6 Mt in 2016 to 4.1 Mt in 2018 (-17%).

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION (Mt)

The electricity sector absorbs 70% of coal and peat consumption, followed by the residential-tertiary sector with 19%.

Graph: COAL CONSUMPTION BREAKDOWN BY SECTOR (2018, %)

Interactive Chart Ireland Coal and Lignite Domestic Consumption

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View the detailed consumption trends at country level (graphs, tables, analysis) in the Ireland energy report

Power Consumption

Electricity consumption increased by 2.2%/year over 2014-2018, after a 2.3%/year decrease between 2008 and 2012, driven by the economic crisis.

Graph: ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION (TWh)

Industry is the largest electricity consumer with 39%, followed by households (30%) and services (27%).

Graph: ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION BREAKDOWN BY SECTOR (2018, %)

Renewable in % Electricity Production

SEAI is also the agency in charge of the implementation of the renewable energy policy.

According to the EU Directive on renewables, the national target is to increase the share of renewables in final energy consumption to 16% in 2020 (11% in 2018), of which 40% for electricity (33% in 2018), 12% for heat (6.5% in 2018), and 10% in transport (7% in 2018). According to the climate action plan (2019), the country intends to cover 70% of the country's power demand with renewables by 2030, with 12 GW of new renewables capacity.

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

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Learn more about renewables in the European Renewable Energy Report

CO2 Fuel Combustion/CO2 Emissions

GHG emissions in 2017 were 10% above their 1990 level at 60.7 MtCO2. These emissions fell by 15%, from their 2005 peak level of 69.6 MtCO2 to 58.5 MtCO2 in 2012, because of the economic crisis and have been increasing since then.

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