4th April 2017

EU closing in on 2020 green energy goals

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The EU has a target of 20 per cent of energy to come from renewables by 2020, with a goal of 27 per cent already in place for 2030.

The latest figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, show that 11 member states have already surpassed the 20 per cent target, with Sweden leading the way on 53.9 per cent.

It is followed in a green league table by Finland (39.3%), Latvia (37.6%), Austria (33.0%) and Denmark (30.8%).

At the opposite end of the scale, Malta and Luxembourg generated only 5 per cent of their energy from renewables. Other poor performers were the Netherlands (5.8%) and Belgium (7.9%).

The UK was also near the bottom of the table, generating 8.2 per cent of its energy from renewables in 2015.

Each EU member state has its own Europe 2020 target, taking into account different starting points, renewable energy potential and economic performance.

Among the 28 member states, 11 have already reached their national 2020 targets: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden. Austria and Slovakia are about 1 percentage point from their 2020 targets.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Netherlands (8.2 percentage points 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 from their goals.