A New Low: Czech Republic’s Lowest Gas Consumption Since 1992

The Czech Republic witnessed in 2021 its lowest gas consumption since 1992. A significant majority of the gas that flowed into the Czech Republic last year came through Germany, accounting for 92 percent of supplies, according to data from the Energy Regulatory Office (ERÚ). The total gas consumption reached 6.76 billion cubic meters, 10.4 percent less year-on-year, marking the lowest level since 1992.

In addition to the imports from Germany, gas flowed into the Czech Republic from Slovakia, making up eight percent of the supply. The ERÚ noted that these supplies were primarily concentrated in the last quarter when the Czech Republic had already filled its storage tanks.

Last year, 7.83 billion cubic meters of gas flowed through the domestic gas pipeline system, representing a year-on-year decrease of more than 71 percent. Export was also reduced by 94 percent to 1.02 billion cubic meters.

In last year’s last quarter, gas consumption was the lowest in a decade. The annual consumption decreased to a value that is the lowest in more than three decades, said Stanislav Trávníček, the chairman of the ERÚ council.

Gas consumption has steadily decreased among all consumer groups since the third quarter of 2021. This trend of reduced consumption highlights a significant shift in energy usage patterns in the Czech Republic.