Energy use up in Malta, drops across EU

Thursday, 14 Feb 2013, 05:54


Malta has registered the highest increase in energy consumption in the EU in 2011 and is the only country in the EU that is totally dependent on energy imports, according to a Eurostat release.

The EU27 energy dependence rate was 54% in 2011 and energy consumption was down by 6% between 2008 and 2011

While 23 Member States registered decreases in their energy consumption between 2008 and 2011, four have registered increases and Malta has the highest increase with 16.9%.

In 2011, the Member States the least dependent on energy imports were Estonia (12%), Romania (21%), the Czech Republic (29%), the Netherlands (30%), Poland (34%) and the United Kingdom (36%). Denmark (-9%) was a net exporter of energy and therefore had a negative dependence rate.

The highest energy dependence rates were registered in Malta (101%), Luxembourg (97%), Cyprus (93%) and Ireland (89%).

These official Eurostat statistics have to be seen in the light of the oil commissions scandal that has hit the Maltese energy supply system and its links to politics. All our energy needs have to be imported and Malta’s energy consumption has increased, meaning more fuel had to be purchased in recent years. At the same time, Malta’s electricity tariffs are among the highest in the EU.

Furthermore, this has to be seen in the light of the fact that Malta is far from reaching the EU targets for renewable energy. Malta will have to pay penalties if it fails to reach these targets.


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Comments (1)

l fenech

- Thu 14-Feb-2013, 10:27

That means that commissions are also up accordingly in Malta

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