Ireland's energy consumption slumped over 12pc between 2008 and 2011, according to new figures from the EU's statistics agency. It shows that the country remains one of the EU states most dependent on energy imports, with 89pc of our energy needs met from imports of fossil fuels such as oil and gas.
The EU's statistics agency, Eurostat, said that Ireland ranks among countries including Malta, Luxembourg and Cyprus in sourcing virtually all its energy needs from abroad.
The fall in energy usage here comes amid the economic downturn and reduced demand from industrial, commercial and domestic users.
Ireland's decline in energy consumption is one of the top three sharpest falls recorded among member states.
Ireland's energy consumption fell 12.3pc in the period, the same as the fall in Greece. The biggest decline was recorded by Lithuania, where energy consumption slumped 24.5pc.
In Romania, the fall was 10.2pc, while in the UK the decline was 9.4pc.
About 28pc of the EU's energy is derived from coal-fired power plants, while the EU has a target to generate 20pc of the region's power needs from renewable sources by 2020.