Energy - Overview
The importance of energy statistics
Lighting, heating, transport, industry: energy is vital to run our essential day-to-day services and businesses. We take it for granted that we can switch on our computers and start our cars, yet these simple actions are the final stages of a complex process. For more information, watch our short video explaining how electricity is produced.
Statistics can help to make the complex processes of the energy we use more understandable and can help us to answer questions such as:
- Where does our energy come from?
- How dependent are we on energy imports?
- Which kind of energy do we consume in the EU and how much does it cost?
Energy statistics are in the spotlight due to their strategic importance to the drive towards competitive and sustainable economic growth. In recent years, the European Union has faced a number of important energy issues. These have pushed the topic of energy towards the top of national and European political agendas, with energy statistics providing key information for policy makers.
In order to meet policy makers' growing needs for data on energy, Eurostat has developed a coherent and harmonised system of energy statistics. Annual, half-yearly and monthly data collections cover the 28 Member States of the EU, the candidate countries of Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, and the European Economic Area countries of Iceland and Norway. Annual time-series run back to 1990.
Energy policies: challenges and strategies
The Energy Union is one of the 10 priorities of the European Commission. It aims to bring greater energy security, sustainability and competitiveness. This can be achieved by:
- diversifying Europe's energy sources;
- securing Europe's energy supply;
- enhancing solidarity and cooperation among countries;
- creating a fully-integrated internal energy market;
- improving energy efficiency;
- decarbonising our economy.
These challenges imply several energy related targets, in terms of share of energy from renewable sources, primary and final energy consumption, energy dependency or greenhouse gas emissions.
Take a guided tour with our user-friendly digital publication and explore energy statistics through easy texts, visualisations and videos.
With this interactive tool, you can easily visualise energy data through flow diagrams (Sankey diagrams). It also allows you to customise your own diagram.
How much do you pay to power a light bulb? Is it less or more than in other European countries? See our infographic to find out more.
Eurostat provides information on a broad range of topics such as energy prices, energy dependence, energy savings, infrastructure, renewable energies,...
Get a glimpse of all our available energy statistics and where to find them.