Oil consumption in France 1990-2018

According to this data, France’s oil consumption as primary energy has decreased over the first two decades of the century: from about 95 million metric tons in 2000 to less than 80 million in 2018.

Transportation fuel and greenhouse gases

  According to a study from 2017, transportation was the main source of greenhouse gases (GHG) in France, just before the industry and services. Moreover, private cars generated 15.7 percent of the GHG emissions that year.

Fuel prices and climate change in France

  From October 2017 and October 2018, the price of motorization fuels has increased: diesel prices grew of more than 20 percent during that time, and gasoline of 14 percent. In general, diesel prices rather tend to scale up since 2016 and reached about 121 pence per liter in March of 2018. In autumn of 2018, broad protests have started in France to oppose the further increase of fuel taxes and to call for better purchasing power and various democratic claims. In a survey from early 2019, most of French respondents declared that they did not considered the recent increases in fuel prices as necessary to fight against global warming.  

Oil consumption in France from 1990 to 2018

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures for years prior to 2015 were previously published by the source.

The source adds the following information: "In this review, primary energy comprises commercially-traded fuels, including modern renewables used to generate electricity."

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