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Gas consumption in France down 20% from 2021 levels

(EurActiv, 28 Feb 2024) Gas consumption in France in 2023 has fallen by more than 10% in one year and by around 20% compared to 2021, according to the latest figures from France’s main transmission operator, GRTgaz, published Tuesday (February 27).

In 2023, French gas consumption will amount to 381 TWh, 11.4% less than in 2022 (430 TWh) and 20% less than in 2021 (474 TWh), altogether far from the peak consumption of 547 TWh in 2010.

Russian gas, which still accounted for 17% of the gas consumed in France in February 2022, has fallen below the 9% mark, according to public distributor GRDF.

However, Kpler, a specialist consultancy that monitors liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, noted that Russian LNG imports are still significant: 15% of the total at the end of December 2023.

Nevertheless, overall consumption has fallen.

One of the main contributors to this decline has been industry, where consumption has fallen by 18.2% as a result of changes in industrial activity, energy efficiency efforts, and energy substitution, noted GRTGaz. Some processes have had to be shut down because prices have been too high in recent years, it said.

“Over the period 2024-2025, we expect gas consumption in France to remain stable […] We don’t expect gas consumption to fall any further in the coming years.” said Sandrine Meunier, chief executive officer of GRTgaz.

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EurActiv, 28 Feb 2024: Gas consumption in France down 20% from 2021 levels