Energy consumption in the FrankfurtRheinMain region


Energy can be consumed as electricity, heat and fuel for mobility. In the area of the Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain about 70.790 gigawatthours (GWh) – this is about 70.8 terawatthours (TWh) – of final energy were consumed in 2015. A rough comparison with the final energy consumption in 2013 in all of the federal state Hesse (data availability only permits a comparison between different years) shows that about one third of the entire Hessian final energy is consumed in the FrankfurtRheinMain region. In 2013, final energy consumption in Hesse was about 219 TWh (Hessian Ministry for Economy, Energy, Traffic and Land Development; Hessian Statistical Office).

Data source

In the following you will find detailed information on energy consumption in the region. The data source is the municipal energy profile for the Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain. You can find the profile for the Regional Authority as well as the data for the individual member municipalities and districts under the municipal energy profiles and in the climate-energy atlas.

Provision of heat consumes most energy in the region

In 2015, almost half of the final energy consumption in the region (about 47% or ≈32.9 TWh) was needed to produce heat. 30% of final energy was consumed by the mobility sector (≈21.4 TWh/a) and about 23% in order to generate electricity (≈16.4 TWh/a).

This shows the significance of the two sectors heat and mobility when discussing the lowering of total energy consumption and increasing the share of renewable energies in the heat and mobility sectors.

[Wärme = heat; Strom = electricity; Mobilität = mobility]

Mobility sector: Largest energy consumer by sector

About 70.8 TWh of final energy were consumed in the area of the Regional Authority in 2015. With 33% the mobility sector consumed most energy (≈23.4 TWh/a), followed by industry with roughly 29% (≈20.3 TWh/a). Households consumed about 24% of the final energy (≈16.8 TWh/a). The lowest consumption had the sector commerce/trade/services with about 15% (≈10.3 TWh/a).


[Haushalte = households; Gewerbe, Handel, Dienstleistungen = commerce, trade, services; Industrie = industry; Mobilität = mobility]

Mobility sector: Individual transportation consumes half of the energy


With about 33% (≈23 TWh/a), the mobility sector had the largest share in final energy consumption in the region in 2015. The biggest energy consumer in the mobility sector itself was motorized private transportation. It accounted for about half of the total energy consumption in the sector (≈11.6 TWh/a). On second place followed freight transportation with about 27% (≈6.2 TWh/a). Public short distance transportation was the third largest energy consumer in the sector with around 13% (≈3.1 TWh/a). Personal air transportation through Frankfurt Airport caused roughly 10% of the energy consumption in the region (≈2.4 TWh/a).


[Motorisierter Individualverkehr = motorized private transportation; Öffentlicher Personennahverkehr = public short distance transportation; Öffentlicher Personenfernverkehr = public long distance transportation; Luftverkehr Personen = air transportation persons; Güterverkehr = freight transportation]  

Mobility sector: More than 90% of the consumed energy comes from fossil fuels


The mobility sector is largely dominated by fossil fuels – accounting for more than 90% of energy consumption. The most consumed fuel, diesel, has a share of 43%. It is closely followed by gasoline with almost 38%. Corresponding to the already significant share of personal air transportation in the energy consumption of the mobility sector, about 11% of the energy consumption stems from kerosene. The lowest share has electricity with approximately 9%. Electricity is used, for instance, to operate trams or electric vehicles.


The composition of the electricity share is based on the electricity mix for all of Germany in 2015. If this mix is included (and only fossil and renewable energies are considered), the share of fossil fuels in the mobility sector increases to about 96%! 


[Strom = electricity; Benzin = gasoline; Diesel = diesel; Kerosin = kerosene]

Final energy consumption of the three sectors households, industry and commerce/retail/services is also dominated by fossil energy sources

The sectors households, industry, and commerce/retail/services (not including the mobility sector) consumed about 47.4 TWh of final energy in 2015. With 36% (≈17 TWh/a), natural gas was the most consumed energy source in all three sectors. Natural gas was followed by electricity with about 31% (≈14.4 TWh/a). District heating (consisting of hot water) and district steam (consisting of higher-temperature steam instead of hot water) consumed approximately 14% (≈6.6 TWh/a). More than 13% (≈6.3 TWh/a) of the consumption was covered by coal (including domestic fuel use) and oil. The share listed as "other" contains a few less common energy sources such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

If the shares of coal, oil, and natural gas are added, the share of fossil energies in final energy consumption of the three sectors was already close to 50%. District heat and district steam production with fossil energies- as well as the share of fossil energy sources in the German electricity mix, not included. If these values are added as well (and if only fossil and renewable energies are considered in the German electricity mix), fossil energy sources had a share of about 85% of the total energy consumption in the three sectors.

The share of the (locally produced) renewable energy in final energy consumption of the three sectors (without considering the German electricity mix) was very low – about 0.6%. If the German electricity mix (share of fossil and renewable energies) was included, the share of renewable energies in the consumption of the three sectors increased to about 10%.

[Strom = electricity; Fernwärme/Ferndampf = distric heating/district steam; Erneuerbare Energien = renewable energies; Erdgas = natural gas; Erdöl = oil; Kohle, Hausbrand = coal, domestic fuel; Sonstiges = other]