A 15% reduction in energy consumption in the UK has spearheaded a continental movement which has seen the European Union (EU) surpass a key energy efficiency target six years early, a new report has revealed. The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the status of energy consumption across the Member States. The report revealed that the EU-28 lowered the Union’s final energy consumption from 1,133 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2000 to 1,061 mtoe in 2014. As a result, the EU has passed an indicative target for 2020 which sets maximum energy consumption at 1,086 mtoe. In total, the EU reduced final energy consumption by 6.35% between 2000 and 2014, which equates to cutting 72 mtoe from the Union’s energy demand. In regards to individual Member States, the UK reduced energy consumption by 15.3% to 129.8 mtoe, which accounts for 12% of the Union’s total consumption.
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