The EU’s final energy consumption is below indicative targets for the end of the decade, according to new research.

The study, issued last week by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), said that, between 2000-14, final energy consumption in the bloc had dropped from 1,133Mtoe to 1,061Mtoe––below the target of 1,086Mtoe. It showed that the largest decline in consumption had been registered in the industry (-17.62%), followed by the residential sector (-9.52%), while the transport and services sectors had seen increases of 2.21% and 16.48% respectively.

The report said that this trend was likely to continue as Europe moved towards a more service-based industry.

The UK reduced its energy consumption over the period by 15.3% to 129.8Mtoe, accounting for 12% of the Union’s total consumption.

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