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Energy consumption

Australia’s energy consumption rose by 0.6% in 2018–19 to reach 6,196 petajoules. This compares with average growth of 0.7% a year over the past 10 years.

Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) accounted for 94% of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2018–19. Oil accounted for the largest share of Australia’s primary energy mix in 2018–19, at 39%, followed by coal (29%) and natural gas (26%). Renewable energy sources accounted for 6%.

Australian energy consumption - by fuel type

 

2018–19

Average annual growth

 

PJ

share 

(%)

2018–19

(%)

10 years

(%)

Coal

  2,402.1

38.8

1.3

1.7

Oil

 1,801.6

29.1

-2.5

-2.3

Gas

 1,592.7

25.7

2.2

2.7

Renewables

399.6

6.4

4.6

3.9

Total

6,196.0

100.0

0.6

0.7

Source: Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (2020), Australian Energy Statistics, Table C

Australian energy consumption - by fuel type - chart

AES Chart 2020 update