How is climate change affecting the energy demand for space heating across Europe?

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  Indicator codes: CLIM 047
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Key messages

(15 Nov 2012)

  • The number of heating degree days (HDD) has decreased by an average of 16 per year since 1980. This helps reduce the demand for heating, particularly in northern and north-western Europe.
  • Climate change will affect future energy and electricity demand. Climate change is not expected to change total energy demand in Europe substantially across Europe, but there may be significant seasonal effects, with large regional differences.

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