11 European countries are getting ahead of their 2020 objectives
- 20 July 2017
In 2020, the share of renewables used by the European Union will have to reach 20% of the overall raw energy consumption. This objective is likely to be met since some countries are already getting ahead of their own goals, according to Eurostat.
Within the European Union, the renewables part in the energy consumption is increasing. In 2015, it reached 16.7%, which is almost twice as high as back in 2004, according to the Eurostat statistics. In order to meet the European objective of 20% by 2020, each country committed to reach a minimum threshold adapted to its own situation. “National objectives take into account the differences in the current positions, as well as the renewables potentials and the energy performance of each member country”, the report says.
Therefore, eleven countries have already met their 2020 objectives. It is particularly the case of Czech Republic (15.1% for a 13% objective) and Italy (17.5% for 17%), two countries where Global Energy is present. Leading the pack, Sweden shows the highest renewables proportion. Indeed, more than half of its finale consumption (53.9%) comes from renewable sources.
However, other countries such as Belgium (7.9%) or Luxemburg (5%) still have a long way to go. Alongside with the Netherlands (5.8%) France is the EU member that is the furthest from its objective. In 2015, the renewables proportion in France barely reached 15.2% whereas its 2020 objective was set at 23%
Consequently, efforts are still to be made to insure this energy transition, knowing they will have to be even more important after 2020. Through signing the Energy-Climate Package in 2014, the EU members have already agreed on a new objective: 27% of renewables in the European Union by 2030.