When GDP grows faster than energy consumption, reflects that the economy produces without being associated with a proportional increase in energy consumption.
In Europe, energy productivity among countries varies enormously depending on the economic structure (industry, services) and the type of energy consumed (coal, gas, electricity). When When it comes to industrial economies, countries generally consume more energy while service economies generate GDP from activities that are less energetically demanding.
Countries that consume the most polluting energy such as coal or diesel have a higher equivalent energy consumption.
In the first positions we see countries with the highest presence of the service sector and electricity consumption, while the tail of Europe are those who consume coal and greater industrial presence.
Increasing the energy efficiency of the sectors productive and using cleaner fuels and electricity, where appropriate. possible, energy productivity rates would be improved.