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Cyprus third in EU in use of fossil fuels for energy in 2021

31/01/2023 08:22

In 2021, fossil fuels made up 70% of gross available energy in the EU, remaining at the same level as in 2020, according to data released by Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU. Cyprus had the third largest share in 2021 (88.83%), right after the Netherlands (89.12%).

The country’s share remained virtually unchanged compared to 2020. However, since 1990, the share of fossil fuels in gross available energy in Cyprus fell significantly by 10.8 percentage points (pp).

The EU continues to largely rely on fossil fuels for its overall energy supply, as illustrated by the ratio of fossil fuels in gross available energy (the total energy demand of a country or region).

This percentage had decreased significantly in the EU over the last decades. Since 1990, the first year for which data are available, it dropped by 13 percentage points, mostly due to the increase in renewable energy.

In 2021, Malta (96%) remained the EU country with the highest share of fossil fuels in gross available energy followed by Cyprus and the Netherlands (89%), Ireland and Poland (88%).

Most of the other EU countries had shares between 50% and 85%. Only Sweden (32%), Finland (38%) and France (48%) had shares below 50%.

Compared with 2020, in 2021, the largest, yet rather small, decreases in the share of fossil fuels in gross available energy were in Finland (-3 pp), Belgium (-3 pp), Lithuania (-3 pp), Portugal (-2 pp) and Denmark (-2 pp).

The largest increases were in Bulgaria (+4 pp), Estonia (+3 pp), Poland and Slovakia (both +2 pp) and Spain (+1 pp).

Cyprus saw a very slight decrease of 0.3 pp, from 89.13% in 2020 to 88.83% in 2021, which essentially kept its share to around 89% during both of those years.

Over the past decade, all the EU members registered a decrease in their share of fossil fuels in gross available energy. The largest decrease was measured in Denmark (from 81% to 57%; -25 pp), followed by Estonia (from 91% in 2010 to 69% in 2021; -22 pp) and Finland (from 57% to 38%; -19 pp).

Other significant decreases were recorded in Latvia (from 69% to 57%; -12 pp), Luxembourg (from 90% to 79%; -11 pp) and Lithuania (from 75% to 64%; -10 pp).

On the other hand, the smallest decreases were measured in Germany (from 81% to 79%; -2 pp), followed by Romania (from 75% to 72%; -3 pp), Malta (from 100% to 96%; slightly over -3 pp), Hungary (from 73% to 69%; -4 pp) and France (from 52% to 48%; -4 pp).

Cyprus meanwhile saw a significant drop over the past two decades, from 99.6% in 1990 to 88.8% in 2021 (-10.8 pp).