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Energy Supply: Imports

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 56713, tabled on 15 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent assessment he has made of the level of (a) economic and ( b) political vulnerabilities caused to the UK by (i) direct and (ii) indirect dependence on supplies from (A) Russia and (B) continental European countries; and if he will publish a breakdown of the proportion of UK energy supplies sourced from overseas.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

22 October 2021

Energy security is an absolute priority for this Government. We meet around half of our annual gas supply through domestic production and the vast majority of imports come from reliable suppliers such as Norway. Less than 3% of our gas was sourced from Russia in 2020.The UK is not dependant on Russian oil or gas.

The UK’s exposure to volatile global gas prices underscores the importance of our plan to build a robust domestic renewable energy sector to further reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

The Government has published a full breakdown of where UK energy comes from at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/digest-of-uk-energy-statistics-dukes.

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