Malta is the country consuming the highest rate of primary energy in the European Union, according to a new report.
The study - which looked at both primary and final energy usage across the 28 member states - revealed that 2017 saw growth, for the third year in a row.
It means that the EU is once again further away from reaching its target of being more energy efficient by 2020.
Maltese used 12.9 per cent more primary energy in 2017, which is defined as using materials such as raw wood, crude oil and coal.
It was followed by Poland (1.4 per cent), Lithuania (0.7 per cent), Austria (0.3 per cent) and Hungary (0.1 per cent).
And Malta didn’t fare much better when it came to using secondary energy, such as hot water for a radiator or electricity in the home.
It was only second to Slovakia (7 per cent) as a place where consumption has grown, coming in at 6.7 per cent.
While the rise might seem high, it should be noted that the population of Malta also increased by 15,700 in 2017, more than fifteen times the EU rate when adjusted for the country’s size.
In 2017 primary energy consumption in the EU was 5.3 per cent above the efficiency target for 2020, while secondary energy consumption was 3.3 per cent.