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Energy consumption

Australia’s energy consumption rose by 0.9% in 2017–18 to reach 6,172 PJ. This compares with average growth of 0.6% a year over the past 10 years.

Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) accounted for 94% of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2017–18. Oil accounted for the largest share of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2017–18, at 39%, followed by coal (30%) and natural gas (25%). Renewable energy sources accounted for 6%.

Australian energy consumption - by fuel type

 

2017–18

Average annual growth

 

PJ

share 

(%)

2017–18

(%)

10 years

(%)

Coal

 2,387.8

38.7

3.2

2.0

Oil

  1,847.2

29.9

-4.3

-2.6

Gas

 1,554.6

25.2

3.8

2.4

Renewables

 382.1

6.2

0.9

5.3

Total

  6,171.7

100.0

0.9

0.6

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy (2019) Australian Energy Statistics Table C

 

This figure shows Australian energy consumption, by fuel type in petajoules from 1977–78 to 2017–18. Energy consumption rose by 0.9 per cent in 2017–18 to reach 6,172 PJ. This compares with average growth of 0.6 per cent a year over the past 10 years. Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) accounted for 94 per cent of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2017–18.

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy (2019) Australian Energy Statistics Table C

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