Questions & answers about gas in the Netherlands

What is a cubic meter of gas?

Gas consumption is measured in cubic meters. Cubic meter is abbreviated by m³. The term kuub is also used in everyday language.

A cubic meter gets its name from its shape, namely a cube.

One cubic meter corresponds to the volume of a cube, with all edge lengths corresponding to 1 meter. A cubic meter of gas means that there is a volume of 1x1x1m gas. If one speaks of a cubic meter of gas consumption, this is a volume of 1x1x1m gas entering a house through a gas pipe and is consumed in the heating system or the kitchen.

Pearls of Wisdom

The General Conference for Measurement and Weight CGPM in 1964 restored the original definition of 1 litre = 1 dm³. A cubic meter is equivalent to 1,000 litres.


1 cubic meter = 1,000 cubic decimeters = 1,000,000 cubic centimeters = 1,000 liters = 1 kiloliter