Most of the EU Member States have seen their dependency on fossil fuel imports increase between 1990 and 2015, Eurostat data show. This was notably the case for the United Kingdom (from a dependency rate of 2% in 1990 to 43% in 2015), the Netherlands (from 22% to 56%), Poland (from 1% to 32%) and the Czech Republic (from 17% to 46%). In 2015, the Member State by far the least dependent on fossil fuel imports was Denmark (4%), followed by Estonia (17%), Romania (25%) and Poland (32%). Look also at a Eurostat diagram using the Sankey tool showing energy consumption patterns in the Czech Republic.
At the end of 2017, the Czech Republic is going to have a new government that will need to set up key energy policies for the future, meet the 2030 EU climate and energy targets, and take a crucial political decision on the further development of nuclear energy, Grayling says. This will require compromise among top elected officials, big businesses and final consumers. Is everybody ready?
The next Czech government needs to reach a political consensus and spell out how it intends to ensure that the country will become less dependent on energy imports, how it will stimulate investment in the energy efficiency, and how to offer end consumers sufficient participation in the energy market. Read more.
View infographic / energy production based on fossil fuel. Source: Eurostat, Czech Statistical Office