16 Jun 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 16 JUNEBrussels Daily
European Sustainable Energy Week: Commission presents Renewables Energy Progress Report 2015
The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will take place from 15 to 19 June. The centrepiece of this week long series of sustainable energy events everywhere in Europe will be the Policy Conference taking place in the Commission’s Charlemagne building from 16 to 18 June. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union, and Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, the Members of European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and Claude Turmes will join experts from energy industry, government, civil society, as well as stakeholders and the media. Now in its tenth year, the EUSEW highlights the central role of consumers in the energy system, as stressed by the newly-launched Energy Union Strategy: the European Commission’s top priority aiming at ensuring secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy. In Europe household energy consumption has increased by 13% in the 20 years to 2010, and households generate some 25% of greenhouse gas emissions: consumers therefore become crucial to improve the environment and encourage energy efficiency. Actions in this area will also have the effects of reducing energy costs for consumers themselves. See press release and fact sheet.
EUROSTAT: Consumption per capita varied by almost one to three across EU Member States
Actual Individual Consumption (AIC) is a measure of material welfare of households. Based on first preliminary estimates for 2014, AIC per capita expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) varied from 49% to 140% of the European Union (EU) average across the Member States. Ten Member States recorded AIC per capita above the EU average in 2014. The highest level in the EU was recorded in Luxembourg, 40% above the EU average. Germany and Austria were more than 20% above. They were followed by Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Finland, France and the Netherlands which all recorded levels between 10% and 15% above the EU average. AIC per capita for twelve Member States lay between the EU average and 30% below. In Italy, Ireland, Cyprus and Spain, the levels were 10% or less below the EU average, while Greece, Portugal and Lithuania were between 10% and 20% below. Malta, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia were between 20% and 30% below the average. Six Member States recorded AIC per capita more than 30% below the EU average. Estonia, Latvia and Hungary were between 30% and 40% below, while Croatia and Romania had AIC per capita between 40% and 45% below the EU average and Bulgaria was around 50% below. These figures for Actual Individual Consumption per capita, expressed in PPS, are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. A press release is available here.
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