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Share of Renewables in EU Energy Consumption Up, Almost 17% in 2015

March 14, 2017 - In 2015, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption reached 16.7% in the EU, nearly double  that of 2004 (8.5%). The 2020 target is to have renewable sources account for a 20% share of gross final energy consumption. Member states have also agreed on a 2030 EU renewable energy target of at least 27%. With energy from renewable sources accounting for more than half (53.9%) of gross final energy consumption, Sweden had by far the highest share in 2015, ahead of Finland (39.3%), Latvia (37.6%), Austria (33.0%), and Denmark (30.8%). At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions of renewables were registered in Luxembourg and Malta (both 5.0%), the Netherlands (5.8%), Belgium (7.9%), and the United Kingdom (8.2%). Among the EU28, eleven have already reached the level required to meet their national 2020 targets: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland, and Sweden. Austria and Slovakia are also only 1pp from their 2020 targets. On the other hand, the Netherlands (8.2pp from reaching its national 2020 objective), France (7.8 pp), Ireland and the United Kingdom (both 6.8 pp), and Luxembourg (6.0 pp) are the furthest away from their targets.

- The complete report is available from Eurostat.

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