Today a new very useful application was launched to put European energy targets into a context and visualise data from (mainly) Eurostat. Eurostat provides free to re-use, open data – which is really useful and even more useful if you put these datasets in a context. The team of the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) did a great job and created the “Europe’s Energy” website as part of the LOD-2 project and launched it today.
On http://energy.publicdata.eu you can (for example):
Want to see some examples? Ok, here we go:
Let’s have a look on the electricity generation:
This figure shows the percentage of electricity generated by renewable sources in percent of the gross electricity consumption. Nice figure, isn’t it … (and don’t forget to congratulate Austria for being so green ;-). Moving the mouse over Germany opens a small graph to see how they developed.
Another nice one is the graph on energy dependency:
This visualisation shows the proportion of gross energy from imports and gives a clear indication on the challange that Poland is facing (dramatical increase of energy imports). Having a look on this one I thought UK’s dependency in imports is quite low – but having a look on the next chart showed me, how dramatically the situation on energy import changed in the UK in the last 10 years:
This one shows the Net Imports in 1000 tons of oil equivalent. About 10 years ago, the UK exported more energy than they imported – the chart from 2008 is already showing a total different picture. And having a look on UK itself (just click on the bubble of UK) gives you a nice overview on the country:
I could continue with a lot more very interesting screenshots – but I think it makes more sense if you just try it – believe me, its worth it! If you want to read a bit more on the background and details, have a look on Jonathan Grays post in the OKFN Blog.