Almost half of the Europen Unions 28 have met or at just about to meet their 2020 renewable energy targets.
It’s no surprise that the Nordic states are well represented: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, and Sweden. The states that are very close to hitting their targets are Austria, Greece, and Latvia.
Despite half the members hitting or being very close to reaching their renewable energy target there has been a gradual slow down in renewable energy use across the EU. Some of the remaining states will have a lot of ground to make up this year.
Sweden came top with 54.5% of its energy coming from renewable sources. That was a long way ahead of the second-placed country, Finland, with 41% – followed by Latvia with 39% and Denmark with 35.8%. Despite its strong performance, Latvia is yet to hit its target but is only around 1% away.
Bringing up the rear, the Netherlands is the furthest away from its goal – 7.4 percentage points (pp) away from its 2020 objective. France is next (6.7 pp), followed by Ireland (5.3 pp) and the UK (4.8 pp).
The EU started recording renewable energy statistics in 2004 and overall the region has doubled its usage. However, the overall rate of adoption is slowing and if it continues it will cause several states to miss their targets. If this happens the whole of the EU is likely to miss their 2030 target of 32% renewable contribution to energy consumption.
Source: World Economic Forum