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EU Energy Review For 2015

June 14, 2016
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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.




  1. June 14, 2016 1:01 pm

    The CO2 graphs encapsulate the UK’s determination to self-destruct while our leaders feel good about being the daftest both in the EU and rest of the world.

    Would be great to see how history will judge this lot!

    • roger permalink
      June 14, 2016 3:57 pm

      Judgement Day may be nearer than you think if Brexit is achieved next week.
      With EU Commissioner sinecure closed to them our traitorous supine and venal Westminster MP’s will need to be more careful of a home electorate preparing right now to tell them their fortunes.

  2. William Baird permalink
    June 14, 2016 1:52 pm

    Right on Jack but how wonderful to be so ‘ambitious’.

    Never mind, with Ed Milliband, the great parliamentariian who gave us the Climate Change Act, who has returned from the dead to guide comrade Corbyn in holding hands with the great Lord Deben and leading us into a new era of routine blackouts and people trying to keep warm by burning twigs on the kitchen floor.

    I am guessing that folks will get a little bit miffed when they cannot see when the sun goes down and cannot stay warm in the name of the green revolution. It would be nice to see Milliband, Deben, et al. rotting in an unheated jail.

  3. William Baird permalink
    June 14, 2016 1:55 pm

    Good News!

    With the charges for standby generation we probably will not have the lights go out.

    Even the well to do will not be able to afford £3000+ per Mwh for back up generation.

  4. Ben Vorlich permalink
    June 14, 2016 2:15 pm

    Interesting that renewables is so low in France. When driving back to the UK from Limousin the number of windfarms is large and ever increasing. Round here there are a large number of large barns with solar PV rooves, some only recently built. I haven’t seen any fields of solar PV though.
    There has been an increase in the area of Sunflower and Maize crops, at the expense of sheep and cows, presumably for bio-fuel.

  5. A C Osborn permalink
    June 14, 2016 2:16 pm

    Paul, not really fair on France, with their Nuclear they have never needed to change anything at.
    In fact going any more Renewable will probably increase their CO2 output.

  6. Bloke down the pub permalink
    June 14, 2016 8:56 pm

    Significant that the UK has managed to reduce CO&#8322: emissions at a time when our economy has been growing quicker than the EU average.

  7. Svend Ferdinandsen permalink
    June 14, 2016 9:13 pm

    Why is hydro not concidered a real renewable. It is always counted separate, but it is as renewable as wind, just more controllable and stable, even storable and in large amounts.
    Norway for instance gets most of their electricity from hydro, and even help Denmark to store wind when we have too much.
    Is it just because hydro is an old method, that is not so fancy as windmills and other supposedly renewable methods?

    • June 14, 2016 9:36 pm

      BP always count it separately.

      The simple truth is that, in most countries, its deployment is pretty limited, and expansion would probably be environmentally detrimental.

      Some countries like Sweden have immense natural capacity for hydro. Others like the UK have other natural resources, like coal, oil and gas. There is no difference.

      The objective of massively increasing renewable energy cannot be met from hydro, hence the focus on wind/solar etc.

  8. Fred permalink
    June 14, 2016 9:54 pm

    Help Canada solve the crisis of Climate Change.

    Climate McClimate Face😂😂😂

  9. June 15, 2016 11:46 am

    UK’s figure of 9% renewables must surely be rated capacity, not actual energy supplied. It rarely gets to 9% in my experience. 2.5% today, for example.

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