Natural gas consumption


Amount of natural gas consumed in the buildings of the University of Barcelona in different uses (laboratories, kitchens, heating, etc.)

Total UB consumption (thousands)1.2011.1931.3631.241974Positive evolution
Consumption per unit area (m³ / m²)2,092,032,382,171,70Positive evolution
Consumption per person (kWh equivalents)211,0207,2238,1218,6174,8Positive evolution


From 1995 to 2010, natural gas consumption clearly followed an upward trend, as the decline in 2004 is not significant as the data do not correspond to actual billing but to estimates. The increases occur in cycles (1995-1999 and 2002-2006), separated by stabilized consumption periods (1999-2002 and 2006-2010).

The period 2010-2017 breaks this dynamic, and gas consumption decreases by 39% compared to 2010 thanks to the control measures of the heating carried out by the Maintenance Unit in collaboration with the center administrations, as well as for a few winters with mild temperatures.

The reduction in 2020, with 22% less consumption than the previous year, reflects the closure of activity for a few weeks due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Evolution of gas consumption at the UB