Energy intensity in the service sector
Justification for indicator selection
The energy consumption in the service sector consists mainly of energy consumption in buildings. The indicator tracks progress made in reducing the energy consumption per unit of activity (measured in terms of value added or number of employees) in the service sector in EU-27. Reducing the energy intensity of the service sector (as defined above), will have a positive impact on the environment due to reduced environmental pressures associated with the production of the energy input. The indicator is complementary to ENER 21 and ENER 16
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Services energy consumption covers all energy consumed in services for space heating, water heating, cooking and electricity. Energy consumption is corrected from climate to avoid yearly climatic corrections.
Unit consumption per employee is the ratio between the energy consumption (total or electricity) and the number of employees (salaries employed in full time)
The energy (or electricity) intensity is the ratio between the energy (electricity) consumption and the value added expressed in constant Euros (M€2000)
Energy consumption: Mtoe
Unit consumption par employ: ton/employe
Energy intensity: koe/€2000
Policy context and targets
The indicator tracks progress made in reducing the energy consumption per unit of activity in the service sector in EU-27. Specific policies are not available for this sector.
No targets have been specified
Related policy documents
No related policy documents have been specified
Key policy question
Is the energy intensity decreasing in the service sector?
Specific policy question
What are the trends concerning the energy consumption per employee and per capita in the service sector?
Methodology for indicator calculation
- Methodology of calculation : energy consumption at normal climate
E = En x (1-K)+ En x K x (DD/DDn)
or En = E x 1/ (1-K x (1-DD/DDn))
with K= r x a with r = heating share for normal year and a = share of heating dependant on degree days (e.g. 90%)
The Eurostat database covers all 27 EU member states plus Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey. Odyssee database covers EU-27 plus Norway and Croatia.
2000-2009 for energy intensities and unit energy consumption (due to non available or reliable data for new EU countries)
Methodology and frequency of data collection:
Data collected annually in the framework of the ODYSSEE MURE project
Methodology of data manipulation:
- Change in tertiary final energy consumption per person: (final energy consumption per country2007 /population per country2007) / (final energy consumption per country1990 /population per country1990) – 1
- Energy (electricity) intensity : energy (electricity) consumption / value added in euro, at constant prices of 2000
- Energy (electricity) unit consumption: energy (electricity) consumption / number of employees
Methodology for gap filling
- Electricity consumption : source ODYSSEE data base sum of 27 countries as there is a discontinuity in Eurostat in 2006; for countries for which there are data gaps in ODYSSEE, the missing values are interpolated using Eurostat data; the growth rate of Eurostat is applied to the values provided by the country to make the interpolation.
No methodology references available.
EEA data references
- No datasets have been specified here.
External data references
- Population and GDP evolution (Eurostat)
- Total population on 1 January each year (Eurostat)
- Basic energy statistics
Data sources in latest figures
No uncertainty has been specified
Data sets uncertainty
Not all data is available for all countries. Availability for data on years earlier than 2007, is higher.
Odyssee data is recently updated (August 2009)
The reliability of total services energy consumption and related CO2 emissions is reliable due to trustworthy statistics underlying it. Division of the energy consumption among activities (heating / cooking / cooling etc.) is less accurate, because it is based on assumptions.
No uncertainty has been specified
Short term work
Work specified here requires to be completed within 1 year from now.
Long term work
Work specified here will require more than 1 year (from now) to be completed.
Responsibility and ownership
EEA Contact InfoAnca-Diana Barbu
Typology: Efficiency indicator (Type C - Are we improving?)
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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