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Statistics Explained, your guide to European statistics. Statistics Explained is an official Eurostat website presenting statistical topics in an easily understandable way. Together, the articles make up an encyclopedia of European statistics for everyone, completed by a statistical glossary clarifying all terms used and by numerous links to further information and the latest data and metadata, a portal for occasional and regular users.
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The table below summarises the state of affairs of in the area of climate change and energy. Quantitative rules applied consistently across indicators, and visualised through weather symbols, provide a relative assessment of whether Europe is moving in the right direction, and at a sufficient pace, given the objectives and targets defined in the strategy.
Overview of main changes
At first glance, the EU has made substantial progress towards achieving its energy and climate objectives. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and primary energy demand are approaching the 2020 targets. However, an analysis of the driving forces behind these positive trends leads to a more cautious assessment. The lowered industrial production, transport volumes and energy demand during the economic crisis and its aftermath caused a strong drop in energy consumption and GHG emissions between 2007 and 2011 (with the exception of an increase in emissions from 2009 to 2010). A mild winter in 2010/2011 further pushed down energy demand. The most recent reductions are thus at least in parts linked to low economic performance, rather than reflecting a thorough transformation of the EU energy sector. By contrast, the fast expansion of renewable energies is a clearly favourable trend, particularly in the electricity sector.More ...