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EU energy efficiency measures contribute to stabilise electricity consumption

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According to a report by the European Commission Joint Research Centre energy efficiency measures introduced across the European Union are already contributing to stabilise the electricity consumption. A combination of labelling, minimum efficiency standards and voluntary agreements, together with national policies and incentives, have flattened the energy and electricity consumption in recent years. For the first time since 1990, final electricity consumption decreased in 2007 in EU households from 806.52 TWh in 2006 to 800.72 TWh.
The 'Electricity Consumption and Efficiency Trends in the European Union' report, issued on 30 November 2009 by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE), calculates the market share of energy-efficient appliances and equipment and the energy consumption by sector in 2007. It also identifies the appliances in which energy efficiency has the largest potential: domestic, street and office lighting; televisions and stand-by appliances in households, as well as electric motors in industry.