The highest increase in Primary energy consumption across the EU in 2017 was recorded in Malta, according to new figures.

Eurostat states that Malta registered an energy change of 12.9% over the period between 2016 and 2017.

This is 12% greater than the EU average and places the country ahead of Turkey (+10.6%), Albania (+7.3) and Norway (+6.6%).

This measure refers to the total demand of energy consumption in the country which excludes non-energy items like natural gas and bitumen used on road surfaces.

Equally, in terms of Final energy consumption, Malta registers an energy change of +6.7% in the 2016 – 2017 period. That places it above the EU average which sits at the +1.1% and second to Turkey which registers +11.2% energy change increase.

The Final energy consumption refers to the amount of energy consumed by users in the transport, industry, households, agriculture and services.