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EU is challenged to curb its rising energy consumption

Eurostat just published a news release that in 2017 energy consumption in the EU, again, has increased 1% compared to the year before. For three years in a row now energy consumption in EU28 is increasing. This makes it more difficult to achieve the energy efficiency improvement target. In 2020 energy consumption should be 20% lower than baseline projections, in 2030 32,5%. (see Eurostat-news).

Let’s have a look at history. How did the energy consumption of the 28 countries that now are part of the EU develop from 1965 onwards.

Combining data from BP’s Energy Review Statistics (dotted line in line below) and data from Eurostat visualises the development of primary energy consumption (y-axis) in EU28 and the corresponding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over more than half a century

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Nederland zeker nog geen koploper op klimaatgebied

Fractievoorzitters Buma en Dijkhoff kunnen rustig gaan slapen

door Eric van den Heuvel, Loes Knotter

Tijdens de algemene beschouwingen maakten fractievoorzitters Buma (CDA) en Dijkhoff (VVD) zich zorgen dat Nederland met haar plannen voor sterke CO2-reductie in 2030 te ver voor de troepen uit loopt.

Ze hoeven zich geen zorgen te maken. Nederland bungelt in Europe vooralsnog achteraan voor het bereiken van de doelen van 2020, en moet haar uiterste best doen om het peloton bij te halen, laat staan dat het zicht heeft op de kopgroep.

In onderstaande grafiek is dit schematisch weergegeven, met de stand van zaken van 2016 (data afkomstig van Eurostat).

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The Paris Climate Agreement

At the COP21 in Paris, 195 countries adopted the Climate Agreement to limit the rise of global temperature  “to well below 2 ºC above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5 ºC.

The text of the Agreement can be found here.

Now it is up to all countries to show their leadership. Their Pledges have to transform into actions to bring down greenhouse gas emissions to reach a climate-neutral and sustainable future.

Germany will need a trend reversal to reach the 2020 energy and climate targets

Tuesday, March 31, Mrs. Hendricks, the German Minister of Environment, pointed out that after three years of increasing CO2 emissions in Germany, “the trend finally points into the right direction”. Germany saw 4,3% lower CO2 emissions in 2014. It is a start, but a lot has to be done to further decarbonize Germans energy consumption to reach its 2020 energy targets.

Germany presented an ambitious Action Plan to give yet another fierce impulse to the decarbonization of Germany’s energy consumption in december 2014. 2015_SGU_Insights_Germany energy and carbon intensity performance.007Though the ‘Energiewende’ is progressing (see graph), the ambition is challenging, in two ways. Firstly, by 2020 the total CO2-emissions must be 40% less than they were in 1990. Secondly, the total energy consumption must be 20% lower than it was in 2008. However, as the graph shows the downward trend to decarbonize Germany’s energy consumption has flattened. Even though the use of renewable energy has grown dramatically. Obviously decreasing the use of coal will help. But also an ‘Energiewende 2.0’ in oil consumption is urgently needed.

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