Energy consumption in North Korea

The most important measure in the energy balance of North Korea is the total consumption of
11.24 billion kWh
per year. Per capita this is an average of 443 kWh.


North Korea can provide itself completely with self-produced energy. The total production of all energy producing facilities is 13 bn kWh, also 119% des Eigenbedarfs. The rest of the self-produced energy is either exportet into other countries or unused. Along with pure consumptions the production, imports and exports play an important role.


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Energy Balance

 TotalNorth Korea
per capita
Compared to Europe
per capita
Own consumption11.24 bn kWh443.07 kWh5,411.01 kWh
Energy production13.41 bn kWh528.61 kWh5,829.79 kWh



Carbon footprint

TotalNorth Korea
per capita
Compared to Europe
per capita
CO2 emissions in 201440.53 m t1.60 t5.40 t


Development of CO2 emissions from 1998 to 2014 in million tons





Production capacities per energy source

The given production capacities have a theoretical value, which could only be obtainable under ideal conditions. They are measuring the generatable amount of energy, that would be reached under permanent and full use of all capacities of all power plants. In practice this isn't possible, because e.g. solar collectors are less efficient unter clouds. Also wind- and water-power plants are not always operating under full load. All these values are only useful in relation to other energy sources or countries.

Energy sourceTotal
in North Korea
percentage
in North Korea
percentage
in Europe
per capita
in North Korea
per capita
in Europe
Fossil fuels39.42 bn kWh45,0 %48,9 %1,553.89 kWh7,993.04 kWh
Nuclear power0.00 kWh0,0 %7,2 %0.00 kWh1,185.60 kWh
Water power48.18 bn kWh55,0 %23,4 %1,899.20 kWh3,829.04 kWh
Renewable energy0.00 kWh0,0 %16,2 %0.00 kWh2,654.74 kWh
Other energy sources0.00 kWh0,0 %4,3 %0.00 kWh696.01 kWh
Total production capacity87.60 bn kWh100,0 %100,0 %3,453.08 kWh16,358.42 kWh