Slovakia ranks among EU countries with top potential to cut gas consumption

Slovakia ranks among EU countries with top potential to cut gas consumption

A total of 57 percent of all gas consumption is used in Slovakia by buildings, which means that Slovakia has one of the highest potentials within the EU when it comes to cuts in gas consumption if the country were to carry out the cladding of buildings, Buildings for Future director Katarina Nikodemova announced on Thursday.

According to a study conducted by a think-tank called Buildings Performance Institute Europe, almost 63 percent of family houses and 73 percent of apartment buildings use gas for heating. A comprehensive reconstruction would enable Slovakia to reduce its gas consumption by 44 percent.

The top potential to make savings in the use of gas among the EU countries is boasted by Luxembourg, followed by the Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia.

Buildings for Future analyst Richard Paksi added that subsidising soaring energy prices is not a systemic solution. "The only sustainable solution is to reduce consumption and there's an opportunity to do that also via the new REPowerEU chapter of the Recovery Plan. The investment into improving the energy efficiency of houses and flats seems to be one of the best strategies today," said Paksi. (TASR)

Ben Pascoe, Photo: AP/TASR

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