Policy & Regulation

EU moves further off 2020 energy savings target

Energy consumption in the EU28 countries rose in 2016, taking the bloc further away from its 2020 energy efficiency target Energy consumption in the EU28 countries rose in 2016, taking the bloc further away from its 2020 energy efficiency target.
By Andreas Walstad 14 February 2018 0 29570
European energy consumption

Energy consumption in the EU28 countries rose in 2016 compared with the previous year, as the bloc moved further away from its 2020 energy-efficiency target. 

Distance to target, energy consumption

Countries in the EU have committed to reducing their energy consumption by 20% by 2020 compared with a projected ‘business-as-usual’ scenario. However, recent data by Eurostat shows the bloc is 4% off the savings target for primary energy and 2% off for final energy consumption.