The amount of energy consumed in the UK rose last year, despite industrial usage dipping to its lowest level since 1970.

Final energy consumption climbed by 1.7%, according to figures released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), bucking the overall lower trend during the past 40 years.

The rise was attributed to lower temperatures in 2015 than in 2014.

On a weather-corrected basis, the total amount of energy consumed edged up by 0.1% due to higher use in the transport sector.

Meanwhile, energy consumption amongst industrial users dipped by 0.5% year-on-year to its lowest level since Edward Heath replaced Harold Wilson as Prime Minister.

The industrial sector consumed 17% of the UK’s total energy last year.

Energy intensity – a measure of the amount of energy consumed per unit of industrial output – fell by 1.5%.

Between 1990 and 2015, energy intensity has fallen by 38%.

Services rising

Energy consumption in the services sector climbed by 1.8%.

The services sector accounted for 14% of the UK’s energy consumption, with commercial services responsible for two-thirds of that percentage.

The services sector’s energy consumption has fallen by 13% since its peak in 2001.

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