2017 Netherlands Key Figures
Population: 17.1 million
GDP growth rate: 3.11 %/year
Energy independence: 52.6%
Total consumption/GDP:* 79.6 (2015=100)
CO2 Emissions: 10.6 tCO2/capita
Rate of T&D power losses: 4.62%
* at purchasing power parity
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Total Energy consumption

Consumption per capita (4.4 toe in 2017) is 40% higher than the EU average, mainly because of the large refining and petrochemical industries. Per capita electricity consumption is 6 400 kWh, which is 14% above the EU average.

Total energy consumption decreased, on average, by 2.5%/year between its peak in 2010 (83 Mtoe) and 2015, and has been increasing since then by 1%/year(76 Mtoe ...

 Total energy consumption

Crude oil production

Crude oil production is low (1.5 Mt in 2017, i.e. around 2% of the refineries' inputs). Crude imports mainly come from Russia (39%), Iraq (13%) and Norway (10%) (2017).

At 1.3 mb/d, the refining capacity greatly exceeds the domestic needs and 3/4 of the production is exported. The Netherlands plays a major role in Europe's oil supply, both in terms of exported volumes (around ...

EMEA Refineries Dataset

 Crude oil production

Oil products consumption

Oil consumption decreased by 1.1%/year, on average, between its peak in 2005 and 2015. Half of that contraction (around 3 Mt since 2005) resulted from the transport sector (-1.5 Mt) and one third from industry (-0.9 Mt). Oil demand rose by 1.7%/year since 2016 to 25 Mt in 2017, driven by industry.


Oil consumption is almost exclusively confined ...

EMEA Refineries Dataset

 Refined oil products production

Natural gas consumption

Gas consumption dropped by 7.5%/year, on average, between its peak level of 2010 (55 bcm) and 2014 (40 bcm), mainly because of the gas-to-coal switch in the power sector. Gas consumption stabilised in 2015 at 40 bcm and reached 44 bcm in 2017 (+6%). The increase was mainly driven by the power sector.


The residential-tertiary sector ...

EMEA LNG Trade Dataset

 Natural gas domestic consumption

Coal consumption

Coal is mainly consumed for power generation (75%). Coal consumption saw a strong progression between 2011 and 2015 thanks to the gas-to-coal switch (+50%, including a 22% surge in 2015), bringing it to 18 Mt. The trend reversed in 2016 (-8%) and 2017 (-9%) due to the closures of several coal-fired power plants.



 Coal and lignite domestic consumption

Power consumption

Electricity consumption has remained almost stable since its 2008 peak and stood at 108 TWh in 2017.

Electricity represents 15% of final energy consumption in 2017.


The services sector was the largest electricity user (33% in 2017) from 2012 until 2017, when industry managed to catch up with a 33% share.


Renewable in % electricity production

EZ is in charge of renewable energy policy, including the Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production (SDE+, Stimulering Duurzame Energieproductie) programme.

According to the European Directive on renewables, the national target is to increase the share of renewables in final consumption to 14% by 2020 (6% reached in 2016). The EASG 2013 added a target of 16% for 2023. According to ...

 Share of renewables in electricity production (incl hydro)

CO2 fuel combustion/CO2 emissions

The Netherlands met its Kyoto target with actual GHG emissions in 2012 standing 9.5% below their 1990 level, against a target of 6%. In 2017, GHG emissions were 4% below their 1990 levels. In December 2017, the government announced the future introduction of a binding target to cut carbon emissions by 2030 by putting a price floor on carbon prices. It will seek to bring a minimum CO2 price ...

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