1393: Rural Energy in Europe

This paper is taken from a report by the Dutch consultancy Ecofys ‘Rural energy in Europe Rural energy in Europe – country studies for France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the UK’

Year of Publication2011

Rural areas have a significant role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the five countries studied, there are an estimated 26 million households in rural areas which emit about 27 Mt CO2-eq from coal and heating oil. In the service sector, rural emissions amount to 8.3 Mt CO2-eq. Together these emissions equal the greenhouse gas emissions from 3,500 small towns (10,000 inhabitants). Specific policies aimed at energy use in rural areas could bring environmental and economic benefits and additional attention should be given to areas with low economic activity and to the agricultural sector.

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