Energy Statistics for Scotland - Q2 2023

Overview of key facts and trends relating to energy in Scotland for Q2 2023.

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Key Points

  • Scotland’s energy consumption increased by 2.3 percentage points from 2020 to 2021, driven by a 19.0% increase in transport consumption largely caused by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.


  • This means that overall energy consumption is 18.2% lower than the 2005-2007 baseline and we continue to meet the 2020 target of a reduction of 12% below the baseline.


  • Energy productivity increased by 5.9 percentage points driven by an 8.4% increase in gross value added (GVA) between 2020 and 2021 and a reduction in energy consumption compared to 2019. It is now 5.0% higher than the 2015 benchmark as outlined in Scotland’s Energy Strategy


  • Scotland’s renewable electricity generation in 2023 in quarter 2 was 5,687 GWh – a 23.5% decrease from the 7,435 GWh generated in the same quarter in 2022. In the first half of 2023, Scotland generated 16,008 GWh of renewable electricity, down 14.6% on the same point in 2022.


  • Renewable electricity capacity increased by 10.9% from June 2022 to 14.9 GW in June 2023. This is more a similar increase in capacity seen between June 2021 and June 2022 where renewable electricity capacity increased by 10.8%. This is mainly due to less wind and rain in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022.


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