EU Energy Review For 2015
By Paul Homewood
For the final leg of the BP Energy Review for 2015, a time to look at the disfunctional EU.
Overall energy consumption has increased slightly, by 1.5%, after a steady decline since 2010.
Renewables, excl hydro, now account for 8.3% of the energy mix, up from 7.4% in 2014.
The EU Renewable Energy Directive has set a requirement of 20% renewable energy by 2020, but this plainly is not going to happen, even allowing for hydro.
Although coal consumption has fallen slightly, fossil fuel usage has increased overall by 19.9 Mtoe, a rise of 1.7%. Renewable energy, however, has only increased by 9.7 Mtoe.
Looking at the split by country, based on the Top 10 energy users, Germany, unsurprisingly head the list for renewable energy. What is very noticeable, however, is how poorly countries such as France and the Netherlands are doing.
Bear that in mind when the Green Blob complain about the UK dragging its feet.
Finally a look at CO2.
Overall, emissions in the EU have increased by 1.3% since 2014. Yes, you read that correctly – INCREASED.
Of the major emitters, all have increased, with the exception of the UK.