Decoupling economic growth from energy consumption in Romania
Study | 6 July 2016
The report tackles the common assumption that continued economic growth necessarily entails a rise in energy consumption. The analysis shows that this is not what happens in reality, in Romania and in other EU countries. The Romanian energy ministry acknowledges that since 2009 the country’s GDP has been growing while energy consumption has been falling, but it has so far failed to factor this trajectory in the ongoing development of a new national energy strategy.
The report lists a number of recommendations for ways to put the decoupling trend into motion including prioritising investments in energy efficiency, reducing transport sector emissions, and boosting the deployment of renewable energy sources.