Business Insider article The UK is net energy exporter, with the bulk of our energy going to other EU countries, according to a new report by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS).
However, we have more than exported, with almost half of our natural gas going to the EU, according TOI.
The ONS found that we imported around 3.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2015, which represents 0.4% of the UK natural gas consumption, according Toi’s analysis of data from the National Statistical Office.
The ONs data is the most comprehensive we have on UK natural resource exports.
The ONS said that we exported 1.1 billion cubic meters of gas in the year to date.
The data shows that while UK exports of natural resources have been a growing industry over the last few years, imports of energy from the rest of the EU have been growing.
Natural gas is the UK government’s primary energy source, accounting for over two-thirds of the countrys total energy consumption.
Natural gas imports have risen in line with the UK economy in recent years, rising from about 1.2bn cubic feet in 2015 to 1.4bn cubic meters in 2016, to 1 billion cubic metres in 2017.
The growth of the industry is partly driven by a surge in gas demand from China.
This has led to a sharp rise in the UKs gas prices, which has led some energy users to consider the gas trade more of a business than a public utility.