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Energy Consumption and Reduction in Europe
Reducing energy consumption and lowering wastage remains a key European objective. This infographic indicates how energy is being consumed in homes across Europe, and the steps which can be taken to lower consumption and wastage further if exacting EU targets are to be met.
Global performance indicators highlight which are the most proficient countries in reducing energy consumption and shows the progress they have made over recent years.
The infographic details where most energy is being consumed in an average household, and highlights seven areas where wastage can be reduced. Adopting these seven points, and being more eco-friendly in the home, will not only help reduce electricity bills, they will also go a long way to helping the government reach, and maintain its key targets and objectives to reduce energy consumption, and the long term goal of cutting emissions by 80%-90% (compared to 1990) by 2050.
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ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN HOMES ACROSS EUROPE
Energy efficiency is a hot topic at the moment and a huge amount is being done to tackle wastage and increase energy efficiency. The largest single source of energy consumption comes from buildings [domestic and tertiary]. This piece looks at how the EU is performing in terms of reducing energy consumption in the home and what more can be done if ambitious targets are to be met.
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OVERALL ENERGY EFFICIENT TARGETS FOR 2030
- At least 27% of total energy consumption from renewable energy
- At least 27% increase in energy efficiency
- At least 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared with 1990
Longer Term Goal is to CUT EMISSIONS BY 80% – 95% in comparison to 1990 levels by 2050.
WHERE ENERGY IS BEING CONSUMED
- TRANSPORT 33%
- INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES 21%
- INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS 7%
- BUILDINGS (DOMESTIC & TERTIARY) 37%
- AGRICULTURE 2%
The EU gives at least €192m to member states for “climate protection” and “low carbon energy projects”
GLOBAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PERFORMANCE COMPARISON
- EUROPEAN UNION
- UNITED KINGDOM
- SOUTH KOREA
- UNITED STATES
KEY EU ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE
new buildings consume half the energy they did in the 1980s -50%
energy intensity in EU industry decreased by almost 19% between 2001 and 2011
EU countries have committed themselves to rolling out close to 200 million smart meters for electricity and 45 million for gas by 2020, leading to greater savings for consumers
more efficient appliances are expected to save consumers €100 billion annually – about €465 per household – on their energy bills by 2020
the share of refrigerators meeting that highest energy efficiency labelling classes (A and above) increased from less than 5% in 1995 to more than 90% in 2010
HOUSEHOLD ENERGY EFFICIENCY
PROGRESS TO DATE
MAJOR INFLUENCES ON ENERGY CONSUMPTION PER HOUSEHOLD ACROSS EUROPE
CONSUMPTION PER DWELLING -0.9
MORE APPLIANCES 0.3
LARGER HOMES 0.4
EFFICIENCY PROGRESS -1.7
BEHAVIOUR, OTHERS 0.1
WHERE THE ENERGY IS BEING LOST IN THE HOME
Up to 25% heat loss through roof
Up to 35% heat loss through un-insulated walls
Up to 10% heat loss through windows
Up to 15% heat loss through un-insulated doors
- TURN OFF APPLIANCES THAT ARE ON STANDBY
- DRAUGHT PROOF DOORS
- WASH CLOTHES AT 30 DEGREES CELSIUS
- INSTALL SMART THERMOSTAT
- ENERGY EFFICIENT BULBS
- REGULARLY SERVICED BOILER
- UNPLUG PHONE OR LAPTOP CHARGERS THAT ARE NOT CHARGING
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