According to Eurostat, almost 40 percent less natural gas was consumed in Estonia this year from August to November than in 2017-2021. years, while gas consumption in the European Union (EU) decreased by 20.1 percent on average.

However, gas consumption decreased the most in Finland, by 52.7 percent, and in Latvia and Lithuania, by 43.2 and 41.6 percent, thus exceeding the goal set by the European Commission to reduce gas consumption by 15 percent this year from August to March 2023 compared to the average of the previous five years, Eurostat announced.

In the period under review, from August to November, 18 member states exceeded the 15 percent threshold, while six fell short of the target, although they still reduced gas consumption. However, contrary to the trend, gas consumption in Malta and Slovakia increased by 7.1 and 2.6 percent, respectively.