Kassel. The EU states consumed seven percent more gas last year than in 2015. Germany remains the biggest customer. Strong growth in the Czech Republic
Overall, natural gas consumption in Europe rose to 4,929 TWh in 2016. More frequent use of gas-fired power plants primarily contributed to this growth. In particular in Germany, France and the Netherlands, for instance, more natural gas was used for power generation than in previous years.
A positive consequence of this was that less power had to be generated by coal-fired power plants, resulting in a 4.5 percent reduction in CO2 emissions in Europe in 2016. Germany remains the biggest customer for natural gas in Europe, with gas consumption of 930 TWh last year. That represents an increase of around nine percent. Germany is followed by the United Kingdom (843 TWh), Italy (751 TWh) and France (491 TWh).
Sales grew the most in Greece, by more than 30 percent to 44.5 TWh. The gas market in the Czech Republic mainly grew due to increased demand for natural gas in the transport sector. Sales there rose by 8.8 percent to 88.2 TWh.