Buildings & construction are a major driver of energy demand and global CO2 emissions. According to the European Commission, they jointly account for nearly 40% of global CO2 emissions and also 40% of final energy consumption. A recent IPCC report states the building and construction sector must decarbonise by 2050 to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The European Commission’s latest reports on gas and electricity markets, which cover the first quarter of 2019, have just been published, containing a wide range of data about supply and usage of electricity and gas in the EU.
This article presents the estimated evolution of the energy supply across the EU in 2018 as compared with 2017. It is based on preliminary annual energy data transmitted by reporting countries within 5 months after the end of the reference period. This improved timeliness is the result of Eurostat’s response to policy needs and has been elaborated in close cooperation with reporting countries. Final annual energy data is published by Eurostat 13 months after the end of the reference period (2017 data were available at the end of January 2019).