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it:output_indicators_final_energy_consumption_i

What does this indicator reflect?

This indicator reflects the total amount of energy (electricity, heat and fuels) delivered to all final users in transport, industry and built environment.

Final energy consumption

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RELEVANCE - Why does it matter for Switzerland?

Final energy consumption provides an absolute measure of the energy used in Switzerland per year, allowing the trend to be followed over time. It is significant as an absolute number since it considers energy from all sources, whether imported or not. Reducing final energy consumption over time and across sectors is important since energy of all types (renewable as well as non-renewable) brings negative impacts in some form.

Final energy consumption can provide an indicator of overall energy intensity of a country by taking a national total of final energy consumption and dividing by a measure of economic activity, such as GDP (a coarser measure is per head of population). A high level of energy intensity indicates that a country’s economy uses relatively more energy to produce a unit of economic activity than one with a lower intensity. Comparing countries with economies that have similar industry mixes (not necessarily of the same size) thus reveals which are more energy efficient globally.

At a sector level, energy intensity can also be compared over time and between countries by dividing the total sector final energy consumption by a sector measure of activity per year, such as total floor area, total industrial output or total vehicle-km. It is important that reductions in one sector are not outweighed by increases in another.

SWISS CONTEXT/GLOBAL CONTEXT

SWISS CONTEXT

  • Swiss final energy consumption across all sectors has XXXXXXXXXXXXX
  • Swiss energy intensity (per unit of GDP) has XXXXXXXXXXXX. This compares favourably with countries such as US and UK (XX and XX), but unfavourably with XXXXXXXXX
  • Swiss sector energy intensity in transport, for example, has increased/declined from XXXXXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXXX

GLOBAL CONTEXT

  • Global final energy consumption has XXXXXXX over time by XXXXX per year
  • Global energy intensity has XXXXXXXXXXXX over the same period. On a per capita basis XXXXXXX
  • As countries develop economically their output often moves from agriculture and primary resources to industry and then to services. This brings a rise and then fall in energy intensity. Over time successive countries have ‘tunnelled’ under their predecessors as more efficient technologies become available

REFERENCES

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