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The EU is 'well on track' to meet it's 2020 target



The European Union (EU) set itself a target of 20% of energy use coming from carbon-free sources by 2020, yet the UK has one of the lowest rates of renewable energy consumption in Europe according to a recent report.

The European Commission has stated that the EU as a whole is 'well on track' to meet the 2020 target with a current average of 16.4%.

Each EU country has been listed below highlighting it's renewable energy share (2015):

#1 - Sweden 54.1%

#2 - Finland 39.5%

#3 - Latvia 39.2%

#4 - Austria 33.6%

#5 - Denmark 30.6%

#6 - Estonia 27.9%

#7 - Portugal 27.8%

#8 - Croatia 27.5%

#9 - Romania 24.7%

#10 - Lithuania 24.3%

#11 - Slovenia 21.8%

#12 - Bulgaria 18.4%

#13 - Italy 17.1%

EU average: 16.4%

#14 - Spain 15.6%

#15 - Greece 15.5%

#16 - France 14.5%

#17 - Germany 14.5%

#18 - Czech 13.6%

#19 - Slovakia 11.9%

#20 - Poland 11.8%

#21 - Hungary 9.4%

#22 - Cyprus 9.1%

#23 - Ireland 9%

#24 - UK 8.2%

#25 - Belgium 7,.3%

#26 - Netherlands 6%

#27 - Malta 5.3%

#28 - Luxemburg 5%

Miguel Arias Cañete, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner, commented: “Despite the current geopolitical uncertainties, Europe is forging ahead with the clean energy transition. There is no alternative. And the facts speak for themselves: renewable energy is now cost-competitive and sometimes cheaper than fossil fuels, employs over one million people in Europe, attracts more investments than many other sectors, and has reduced our fossil fuels imports bill by £13.7bn."

Written by Nick Dereka, Head of Digital, Prime People Plc.