site.btaIn 2021, Bulgaria Had Largest Fossil Fuel Increase in Energy Mix Share in EU
European Union countries to rely heavily on fossil fuels to meet their energy needs, Eurostat reported on Monday.
However, the share of fossil fuels in the total energy mix has declined significantly in recent decades. It has decreased by 13 percentage points since 1990, mainly due to the increase in the share of energy from renewable sources.
The largest increase in the share of fossil fuels in the energy mix of individual EU countries was reported in Bulgaria (+4 percentage points) in 2021 compared to 2020. Followed by Estonia (+3 percentage points), Poland and Slovakia - with an increase of 2 percentage points each and Spain (+1 percentage point).
A decrease in the share of fossil fuels was registered in Finland, Belgium and Lithuania (with -3 percentage points each), followed by Portugal and Denmark (-2 percentage points).
In 2021, Malta remained the EU country with the highest share of fossil fuels in the total volume of energy (96%). Cyprus and the Netherlands follow with 89% each, as well as Ireland and Poland (88% each). In Bulgaria, fossil fuels form 66.38% of the country's energy mix in 2021. The average level for the European Union is 69.87%.