Andrew Warren: As a result of the coronavirus, the outcome consumption statistics for 2020 will enable a far more positive tale to be told about just how we much we have progressed to date. And hence encourage more ambition for the future. An obvious example: at the start of the century, the European Union committed to improve its energy efficiency by 20 per cent between 2000 and 2020. At the time, many pundits said this was absurdly ambitious. Statistics from Eurostat revealed that by the end of 2019 primary energy consumption across the EU had dropped by only 15.1 per cent. Final energy consumption – measured at consumer level – was a bit better, with a 16.8 per cent improvement. But there was still a strong probability, as the European Environment Agency had been warning, that Europe was “at risk of not meeting” that 2020 target. In consequence many governments were overtly dragging their heels regarding the wisdom of trying to achieve the next staging post (a 32.5 per cent drop), currently set for the equally iconic year of 2030.
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