The European Union is on its way to meet the 2020 final energy consumption target if it keeps steady on the same path.
“The EU 28 is also on a good pathway to achieve the primary energy consumption target 2020 if the current efforts are maintained.” said Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the EC spokeswoman.
According to the Joint Research Centre (JRC) report, a steady decline in energy consumption in the period from 2000 to 2014 has lowered EU final energy consumption from 1133 Mtoe in 2000 to 1061 Mtoe in 2014. The report presents the status of energy consumption trends in the four main energy-consuming sectors in the EU: residential, tertiary (services), transport and industry over the period 2000-2014. The breakdown into sectors shows that the largest decline of final energy consumption has been registered in the industry (-17,62%), followed by a remarkable decrease (-9.52%) in the residential sector, while the transport sector has seen a slight increase (+2,21%) surpassed by services which have marked an energy consumption hike of 16,48%. The increasing trend in the tertiary sector is expected to continue as Europe moves to a more service-based industry.