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Trends and forecasts
European Power and Utilities Report
Quarterly report published by KPMG on the European power and utilities sector. Areas covered include prices and margins, financial performance of European power and utilities companies, regulatory developments, mergers and acquisitions and future outlook for the sector.
Annual publication from BP projecting long-term trends in energy production, trade and consumption around the world. The full report, individual region and country factsheets and Excel data tables are available to download.
Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.
A full listing of reference products and research reports for the energy, utilities and recycling industries from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.
Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors, including gas distribution and supply. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.
Report from Mintel covering the UK gas supply and distribution market. The website includes a summary and the option to view a contents listing.
Statistics on the UK
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy compiles annual, quarterly and monthly statistics on a wide range of topics within the gas industry, including:
- supply and consumption;
- gas storage sites;
- natural gas imports and exports;
Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets)
Office for National Statistics
The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:
- number of enterprises;
- total turnover;
- approximate gross value added at basic prices;
- total purchases of goods, materials and services;
- total employment – average during the year;
- total employment costs;
- total net capital expenditure;
- total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
- total net capital expenditure – disposals;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.
The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:
- Extraction of natural gas (B06.2)
See Section B: Mining and quarrying
- Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction (09.1)
See Section B: Mining and quarrying
- Manufacture of gas; distribution of gaseous fuels through mains (35.2)
See Section D: Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Statistics on Europe
- Primary energy consumption
- Final energy consumption
- Inland deliveries of natural gas
- Natural gas supplies
- LNG imports
- Underground storage facilities
- Total length of pipelines
- Number of gas customers
- Number of employees
- Number of natural gas vehicles
- Natural gas reserves
It also maintains a web page on policy area - taxation.
Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:
- number of enterprises
- turnover or gross premiums written
- production value
- value added at factor cost
- gross operating surplus
- wages and salaries
- social security costs
- gross investment in tangible goods
- gross investment in land
- gross investment in existing buildings and structures
- gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
- gross investment in machinery and equipment
- number of employees
- number of persons employed per enterprise.
Statistics within the database are available for:
- Extraction of natural gas (B062) ()
- Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction (B091)
- Manufacture of gas; distribution of gaseous fuels through mains (D352)
See database section ‘SBS – industry and construction’.
International Energy Agency
- imports and exports
- domestic supply
- energy industry own use
- final consumption.
The IEA also publishes several annual statistical reports on the sector, including Medium-Term Gas Market Report. Each report contains detailed country-by-country data and analysis of historical and current market trends. They can be purchased from the OECD and IEA bookshops.
BP produces an annual Statistical Review of World Energy containing detailed data on reserves, prices, trade, production and consumption of different energy sources broken down by country, region and sector. Historical data is also available to download. The report covers oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear energy, hydroelectricity, renewable energy and primary energy.
UN Industrial Commodity Statistics Database
The UN provides statistics on the quantity of goods produced by country in the Industrial Commodity Statistics Database.
Figures are available for:
- Natural gas (12)
- Coke-oven gas (17)
- Gasworks gas (17)
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has compiled and published World Statistics on Mining and Utilities 2018, providing data by country on natural gas.
Average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.
The data includes average employment costs for:
- energy plant operatives; and
- managers in mining and energy.
Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.
Legislation and regulation
Beyond Brexit: food, environment, energy and health
House of Lords select committee report (March 2021) on what the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) means for food trade, fisheries, environment and climate change, energy and carbon pricing, chemicals and health.
Impact of Brexit on the energy sector
Publication from law firm Norton Rose Fulbright (February 2021) on the impact of Brexit on the energy sector. Covers a range of areas including nuclear power, renewable energy and gas.
Import and export
The Trade Tariff is a useful Gov.uk database listing tax, duties and licenses for the import and export of goods between the UK and other countries. The database is searchable by product or commodity code and results can be filtered by date and country. Information also includes links to relevant conditions and regulations.
See import and export information for:
UK key players, ratios and trends
The websites of trade bodies in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.
Trade journals and publications
Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.
Energy industry guide: British Library
British Library industry guides provide listings of resources for industry-specific information, including print directories and materials held by the British Library.
Contact the British Library Business and IP Centre for more information.
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