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Apart from the economic crisis of 2008, the EU’s economy has grown steadily in the period from 1995 to 2015, with GDP increasing by 3.4 % per year on average, and GDP per capita by 3.1 % per year. Since 1996, energy consumption has grown at a slower pace than GDP, actually decreasing in 2008 and between 2010 and 2014, and thereafter resumed growing slowly (EEA, 2018b). In other words, there has been a decoupling between GDP growth and energy consumption.

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  • sjostasa (Asa Sjöström) 18 Feb 2019 13:25:24

    Decoupling of GDP-growth and energy consumption is highly debatable not discussing or adding the consumption-based energy demand on regions outside Europe. There is a risk of withholding the greater picture of energy consumption and demand at a global scale when not evolving this sentence further, at least it would benefit from lifting the underlying explanatory factors to why this trend is observed.

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