Energy efficiency and structural change in the Netherlands, 1980-1990

Jacco Farla*, Rob Cuelenaere, Kornelis Blok

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A monitoring method was developed with which changes in the energy consumption of a country can be analyzed. A special feature of this method is that we used physical instead of economic indicators of activity wherever possible. The method distinguishes between the influences of improved energy efficiency and structural changes. With this method, the energy consumption in the Netherlands was studied for the period 1980-1990. The energy-to-GDP ratio decreased by 2.1% annually between 1980 and 1985 and by 0.3% between 1985 and 1990. A large part of this decrease can be attributed to the decreasing specific energy consumption in the subsectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalEnergy Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy intensity
  • The Netherlands


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