Tables Summing Up Energy in EuropePublished on 11.22.2019
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© Istock/Nasa - The energy policies of the European Union countries are very disparate and there is still a long way to go towards a "Europe of energy".
The European Union is gradually building a single energy policy by unifying its markets, developing its electrical interconnections, establishing common standards and setting targets to limit . However, the energy system still varies considerably among the 28 member states (including the United Kingdom). Here are a few simple tables, drawing examples from six countries, to demonstrate the challenges the bloc faces.
Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions in Europe and Worldwide
Where does the European Union (EU) stand in terms of energy consumption and CO2 emissions compared with other regions of the world like the United States, China or the African continent? In two simple tables, Planète Energies explains the major world energy balances.
Energy: Europe Depends on the Rest of the World
A country’s energy dependency rate is the proportion of energy it imports divided by its total consumption. Expressed as a percentage, it reflects how much an economy depends on other countries to meet its energy needs. If the dependency rate decreases, then the country is said to be making the transition toward “energy sovereignty”. Using two tables, Planète Énergies explains the position of the European Union.
The Rise of Renewable Energies in Europe
The amount of renewable energy produced in Europe tripled between 1990 and 2016, but the goals set by the European Union for 2020 have still not been reached. Here are a few tables illustrating the situation.