Published: 27 August 2021

Consumption of hard coal decreased by 3 per cent in January to June

According to Statistics Finland’s preliminary data, the consumption of hard coal decreased by three per cent in January to June 2021 compared with the corresponding period of last year. The consumption of hard coal as a fuel in the generation of electricity and heat amounted to 0.926 million tonnes, corresponding to 24 petajoules in energy content. In January to June, 58 per cent less hard coal was consumed than on average during this millennium.

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes

Consumption of hard coal, 1,000 tonnes

The consumption of hard coal grew in the first quarter due to the colder winter than in the year before. In the second quarter of the year, the consumption of hard coal decreased by 15 per cent compared with the corresponding period of last year. Compared with one year ago, the consumption of hard coal contracted most in June, by 28 per cent.

Energy consumption in Finland typically fluctuates seasonally. Some of the fluctuation in the consumption of hard coal is also explained by the natural variation in the need for electricity and heat between the summer and winter seasons. The difference between individual statistical reference years can be explained by variations in the demand for heating energy caused by the weather. However, a declining trend can be detected in the consumption of hard coal for several years. The use of fossil fuels has been replaced by renewable energy. The decrease in the consumption of coal is affected by the ban on the use of coal for energy, which will enter into force in 2029.

At the end of June, the stocks of coal amounted to 1.6 million tonnes. Compared with one year back, the stocks were 14 per cent lower.


Source: Consumption of hard coal, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Aira Hast 029 551 3394, energia@stat.fi

Head of Department in charge: Katri Kaaja

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Updated 27.8.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Consumption of hard coal [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-2588. June 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.10.2021].
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