Belgium best student in Europe concerning energy efficiency


Belgium best student in Europe concerning energy efficiency

In 2017, Belgium was the best country in the EU in reducing its final energy consumption. 24 of the 28 member states saw their energy consumption increase compared to 2016. Barely 4 countries were able to reduce their consumption, with Belgium being the absolute leader.

Our country has reduced its final energy consumption by 1.2% in 2017. This is evident from new figures from Eurostat, the EU statistical service. Belgium thus goes against the European trend.

Final energy consumption

The final energy consumption is the energy, heat and fuel consumed by end-users (families, industry, services, agriculture).

On average, final energy consumption in Europe increased by 1%. 24 of the 28 member states consumed more energy. Only the United Kingdom, Italy and Slovenia succeeded in reducing their energy consumption. Europe wants to use 20% less energy by 2020. In 2017, it fell to 16.7% for the final energy consumption.

Primary energy consumption

The primary energy consumption, including the energy needed to make electricity, heat and fuels, also increased by around 1% in the EU. Our country also performed reasonably well there: 0.4% compared with 2016.

But Belgium has lagged behind the European average over the past 12 years. Primary energy consumption in the EU decreased by 0.9% between 2006 and 2017. In our country it decreased by only 0.4%.

Final energy consumption decreased by 0.6% over the same period in Europe. In Belgium, the decline was limited to 0.2%.

Source:, February 11, 2019

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