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Fossil Fuels

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he made of the level of fossil fuel dependency in the latest year for which figures are available; and what information he holds for benchmarking purposes on the level of fossil fuel dependency of other G8 countries. (320315)

Fossil fuel dependency is measured as the proportion of total primary energy supply met by coal, oil and gas. In 2008 the UK had a dependency rate of 91.5 per cent.

International comparisons for benchmarking purposes are published as indicator E5.5 in DECC's Energy Sector Indicators. Data for G8 countries are shown in the following table, with data sourced from the International Energy Agency. Due to different adjustments being made by the IEA and the use of net calorific values, a slightly different estimate is produced for the UK.

Fossil fuel dependency in 2008

Percentage

Canada

75

France

51

Germany

81

Italy

90

Japan

83

Russia1

89

UK

90

US

85

1 Data for Russia are for 2007