Eleven EU countries met 2020 renewable energy targets in 2015

16 Mar 2017

According to the latest Eurostat statistics, the share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption in the European Union (EU) reached 16.7% in 2015, which nearly doubles the 2004 level of 8.5%.

The EU aims to reach a 20% share by 2020 and at least 27% by 2030. Eleven countries have already reached the level required to meet their national 2020 targets: Bulgaria (18.2% versus a 16% target), the Czech Republic (15.1% vs. 13%), Denmark (30.8% vs 30%), Estonia (28.6% vs 25%), Croatia (29% vs. 20%), Italy (17.5% vs. 17%), Lithuania (25.8% vs. 23%), Hungary (14.5% vs. 13%), Romania (24.8% vs. 24%), Finland (39.3% vs. 38%) and Sweden (53.9% vs. 49%). Moreover, Austria and Slovakia are about 1 percentage point from their 2020 targets, at respectively 33% and 12.9% of renewables in gross final energy consumption in 2015.

On the other hand, some countries are rather far from their targets, namely Luxembourg (6 percentage points), the United Kingdom and Ireland (6.8 percentage points), France (7.8 percentage points) and the Netherlands (8.2 percentage points).

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