EU plastic packaging recycling almost doubled since 2005

However, only 12% of material resources used in 2016 came from recycled products and recovered materials

EU’s 2020 energy efficiency target gap ‘continues to widen’

Latest figures reveal energy consumption in the EU continued to increase for the third consecutive year

EU carbon emissions up last year

They are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions

UK ranked 10th in European recycling table

The UK has tied with Italy in 10th place in a table ranking the top recyclers in Europe. According to figures from Eurostat for 2015, the two nations’ recycling and composting waste stood at 43.5%. That was down from 43.7% for the UK. Germany retained its top stop at the league table, with an overall […]

EU energy related CO2 emissions ‘slightly increased’ in 2015

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion in the EU have “slightly increased”. They picked up by 0.7% in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to Eurostat which has published the information on early estimates of CO2 emissions from energy use for last year. It added Slovakia, Portugal and Hungary are the countries with the […]

Each EU person generated 475kg of waste in 2014

The amount of municipal waste generated per person in the EU in 2014 was 475kg. That’s a 10% fall compared to 2002 when it reached a peak of 527kg per person, according to data released by Eurostat. It added the production of waste per person has “constantly” decreased in the region since 2007. Of the 475kg […]

EU imported more than half of energy use in 2014

The European Union was dependent on energy imports for more than half of its consumption in 2014. The energy dependency of Member States stood at 53.4% during that period, according to latest figures from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office. It was higher than in 1990 but “slightly lower” than its highest point recorded in 2008, […]

EU records fall in carbon emissions in 2013

Carbon emissions in the European Union decreased by 2.5% last year, the EU’s statistics agency has revealed. That’s in comparison to a 1.6% fall in 2012, according to early estimates of CO2 emissions from energy use by Eurostat. However, despite emissions decreasing across the 28-member bloc by an average of 2.5% in 2013, they rose […]

EU renewable energy share up in 2012

Electricity generated from renewable sources contributed to around 14.1% of final energy consumption in 2012 in the European Union. That’s in comparison to only 8.3% in 2004, according to figures released by Eurostat – the statistical office of the EU. The largest increases in the share of renewables between 2004 and 2012 were recorded in […]

Nuclear and renewables produced half of EU’s energy in 2012

Nuclear energy accounted for the largest share (29%) of domestic energy generating capacity in the European Union in 2012. It was followed by renewables (22%), solid fuels (21%), gas (17%) and oil (10%), with total production at 794 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe), according to figures released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the […]