Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries takes up 1.5% of nation's total energy consumption in South Korea
In 2019, energy consumption in the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sectors accounted for 1.5% of the total energy consumption in Korea. The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy recently released the "2020 (as of 2019) Energy Survey Report" containing this information. This Ministry conducts a comprehensive energy survey on energy consumption by industry, transportation, and households every three years.
According to this report, energy consumption in the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sectors in 2019 was about 3.42 million TOE (oil conversion tons), accounting for 1.5% of the total energy consumption, which is an annual average increase of 1% since 2016 (about 3.32 million TOE). In the case of total energy consumption in 2019, it increased by 1.7% annually compared to 2016. The report analyzed that energy consumption increased as the agricultural, forestry, and fisheries sectors' added value increased. From 2016 to 2019, the agricultural, forestry, and fisheries sectors' added value grew by 2.1% annually.
From the energy source aspect, oil consumption was the highest at about 1.96 million TOE (57.3%), followed by electricity consumption at about 1.36 million TOE (40%). Compared to 2016, the share of oil consumption decreased by 2.2 percentage points, and the share of electricity consumption increased by two percentage points. Oil consumption continues to decline while electricity consumption is rising as more farmers replace fuel for agricultural equipment from oil to electricity.
,At the same time agricultural machinery accounted for 45.7%, equipment/installation for 41.3%, and buildings for 13%. Energy consumption for agricultural machinery recorded an annual average increase of 0.9% compared to 2016, thanks to the increasing mechanization of in agriculture in Korea.
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