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EU Sees Progress Towards its 2020 Renewable Energy Target - 11th March


New figures released by Eurostat shows that in 2013, the EU’s renewable energy share reached 15.1%; this is a growth of 7% over the decade to 2013. If the EU continues with this rate of progress, it will meet its 20% renewable energy target by 2020.

Each member state has their own target for 2020, which collectively support the EU’s overall goal. Bulgaria, Estonia and Sweden have already surpassed their targets and each have over a 30% share of renewable energy in their mix. However, a number of countries are currently falling behind, including the UK, the Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg. The UK is aiming to reach a target of 15% by 2020, but in 2013 it only achieved 5.1%.

Approximately 40% of the EU’s renewable energy comes from wood and other solid biofuels. However, wind power is slowly becoming a more dominant energy source and in 2013 it provided the second largest share of electrical energy after hydropower. In January 2015, Jacopo Moccia, head of political affairs at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), suggested that the wind energy sector will see increased investment during 2015 that will assist countries such as the UK, Germany and Poland to meet their renewable energy target.

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