Danes cut gas use by over one-third in 2022

New data has revealed that the Danish population significantly reduced its consumption of natural gas in 2022.

Danes cut gas use by over one-third in 2022
New data reveals Danes managed to significantly cut down on their gas use in 2022. File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

According to natural agency Statistics Denmark, natural gas use fell by 37 percent last year compared to the preceding year.

Although gas consumption is generally declining, the amount by which usage was cut back last year is remarkable, an analyst said.

“2022 shows a quite marked fall and we view this primarily as a reflection of the price rapidly increasing, which made savings a necessity,” Brian Friis Helmer, economist with Arbejdernes Landsbank, told news wire Ritzau in a written comment.

“Conversion to other energy forms also plays a role in falling natural gas use and the weather also has a say,” he noted.

The consumption figure includes both private households and businesses.

In total, 48,000 terajoules of natural gas were used in Denmark last year. One terajoule is equivalent to around 280,000 kilowatt hours.

Prices of gas were extremely high during parts of last year, but Helmer noted that the situation is now more stable.

“It is now reminiscent of prices we saw last winter. But that is still a high price level compared to before,” he said.

The Statistics Denmark figures do not provide any information on how the savings are distributed between private homes and businesses.

But Helmer said that a 37 percent reduction in gas consumption could have saved a household as much as 10,000 kroner in gas bills last year.

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Denmark and Germany announce plans for hydrogen pipeline

Germany and Denmark will work together to construct a pipeline to transport hydrogen between the two countries, ministers announced on Friday.

Denmark and Germany announce plans for hydrogen pipeline

Danish climate minister Lars Aagaard and German counterpart, Minister for the Economy and Climate Robert Habeck, briefed press on Friday after signing a declaration which could see a hydrogen pipeline between the countries completed by 2028.

“A big thank you to Germany when it comes to questions of energy and climate,” Aagaard said.

“We have the same interests in so many areas. Today we are taking it one step further,” he continued.

The declaration means the countries will work on an underground hydrogen pipeline between the Danish region of West Jutland and northern Germany.

The agreement sets out the general framework for the plan and who will lead it, according to Danish news wire Ritzau.

A Danish-German partnership over a hydrogen pipeline can be seen in a broader context of the Danish government’s plans relating to Power-to-X technology.

Power-to-X is the process by which electricity and water are converted into hydrogen using electrolysis. The hydrogen which is produced can be used as fuel in a number of ways, including as power for ferries, trucks and industry.

An agreement passed by the Danish parliament last year aims to build electrolysis capacity in the Nordic country to 4-6 gigawatts by 2030.

Germany already uses a large amount of hydrogen in its industry and will eventually need to convert from fossil fuel-produced hydrogen to hydrogen produced from sustainable sources such as wind and solar.

Demand for hydrogen power in Denmark is currently more limited.