Energy Consumption

Energy consumption by sector (GWh), Glasgow, 2005-2018

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Glasgow's energy consumption, measured in Giga Watt hours (GWh), reduced by 18% between 2005 and 2018, with the largest reduction being in domestic consumption (23%) and  industrial and commercial consumption (22%). The lowest reduction (2%) was in transport energy use.  In 2018, 38% of Glasgow's energy consumption was in the industrial and commercial sector, 35% was attributed to domestic consumption and 27% was in the transport sector.

Glasgow energy consumption by source (2018)

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Gas was the predominant source of energy consumed in Glasgow, accounting for 45% of total energy consumed in 2018.  Petroleum products and electricity are also important energy sources, accounting for 30% and 24%, respectively, of all the energy consumed in Glasgow in 2018.  Bioenergy & waste, coal and manufactured fuels account for a negligible proportion (<1%) of the total energy used currently in the city.


The data presented were sourced from the Department for Energy and Climate Change, which became part of Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in July 2016.

Glasgow was part of the STEP UP Project (Strategies Towards Energy Performance and Urban Planning).  This project brought together experts on energy planning from Ghent, Gothenburg, Riga and Glasgow working together with their local authority, industrial and research partners. The project was EU funded and ran from autumn 2012 to spring 2015.

The STEP UP project has concluded, but the website is still available as an information source:  

Useful links:

Glasgow's Energy and Carbon Masterplan 

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