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In 2010, total UK overall primary energy consumption in primary energy terms (i.e. fuels obtained directly from natural sources) was 218.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent, 3 per cent higher than in 2009. However, it should be noted that in 2009 UK primary energy consumption was at its lowest level in the last 20 years as a result of the downturn in the economy.

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Final energy is energy supplied that is available to the consumer to be converted into useful energy (e.g. electricity at the wall outlet).

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These pie charts show the changing levels of consumption by sector. In 1970, the industry sector was responsible for the biggest share, 62,333 million tonnes of oil equivalent of total UK consumption while in 2010 transport has the biggest share at 37%.

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In 2010, total UK overall primary energy consumption in primary energy terms (i.e. fuels obtained directly from natural sources) was 218.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent, 3 per cent higher than in 2009. This chart represents how primary energy consumption has flowed throughout recent decades.

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Output from the economy, in terms of Gross Value Added,
can be used to help measure changes in intensity in the industrial and services sectors, whilst the number of households can be used to help measure energy intensity in the domestic sector, and distance travelled for the road passenger transport sector and the distance travelled and weight carried can be used for the road freight transport sector. This chart uses these measures to estimate changes in energy intensity for each sector between 1990 and 2009

Information for this piece was sourced from the 'Energy Consumption in the United Kingdom: 2011' factsheet by UK National Statistics, based on data from the Department of Energy & Climate Change's annual publication Energy Consumption in the UK, published on Thursday 28 July 2011.

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