In the August-November period, the total natural gas consumption of the European Union countries fell 20 percent below the average for the same period of the previous 5 years.
The European Statistics Office (Eurostat) has published the current data on natural gas consumption of European Union (EU) member countries. According to the data, the EU’s natural gas consumption in the August-November period was 20.1 percent below the average gas consumption of the same period of 2017-2021. In this period, natural gas consumption of 24 EU member countries remained below the average of the previous 5 years. In addition, natural gas consumption in 18 EU member states decreased by more than 15 percent. The EU countries whose natural gas consumption decreased the most were Finland with 52.7 percent, Latvia with 43.2 percent and Lithuania with 41.6 percent. In Ireland, Spain, Czechia, Portugal, Italy and Slovenia, the decrease in gas consumption did not reach the target of 15 percent. On the other hand, natural gas consumption increased by 7.1 percent in Malta and 2.6 percent in Slovakia. Due to the energy crisis, EU countries set the target of reducing their natural gas consumption by 15 percent below the average of the previous 5 years between August 2022 and March 2023.
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