The share of renewable energy in total Dutch energy consumption dropped from 4.2 percent in 2009 to 3.8 percent in 2010, partly because total energy consumption has grown and also because the use of biofuels in road traffic declined.
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Increase in total energy consumption
Total final energy consumption increased by 7 percent in 2010 relative to 2009. Annual energy consumption has never been this high, but the amount of renewable energy declined and therefore also the share of renewable energy in total energy consumption.
The increase in total energy consumption is due to the cold winter in 2010 and the economic recovery. These two factors have little effect on the use of renewable energy.
Reduction use of biofuels in road traffic
The share of renewable energy also declined due to a lower consumption of biofuels in road traffic. Road transport accounted for 18 percent of total final consumption of renewable energy in 2009 versus only 11 percent in 2010.
Since 2007, motor fuel suppliers are legally bound to mix biofuels with regular petrol and diesel.
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