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EU way off the mark on energy savings goal, latest figures show
(EurActiv, 7 Feb 2020) The EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, published new figures on energy consumption for 2018 last week (4 February). As expected, they weren’t good, with the EU as a whole set to miss its 2020 energy efficiency objective by a margin of up to 5%, in what campaigners called the “biggest miss” of all EU climate targets.
Primary energy consumption in the EU was 4.9% above the efficiency target for 2020, Eurostat said, while final energy consumption – at the consumer level – was slightly better, at 3.2% above benchmark.
The figures were barely changed from the previous year. While primary energy consumption declined by 0.71%, final energy consumption crept up somewhat, by 0.02% compared to 2017.
This means Europe’s energy efficiency objective is getting further out of reach.
The EU has an energy efficiency target of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020 but it has consistently underperformed in meeting that objective.
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