Household number and size

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Assessment made on  01 Jan 2001

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DPSIR: Pressure


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Policy issue:  What is driving household consumption?


Key assessment

Most countries saw average household size drop 10-15%, although it remained constant in Iceland, Luxembourg, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. By 1995, the average European household contained 2.5 people. This is expected to decrease further as the number of one-person households increases from 30% in 2000 to 36% by 2015.

The average size of dwellings, however, did not decrease in tandem, growing from 83 to 87 square metres between 1985 and 1997.

The environmental impact of the combination of both more and larger households therefore counteracted the positive effect of improvements made to energy efficiency in household appliances during this period.

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