Renewables account for 14% of European energy consumption

Monday, March 10, 2014

E.U. close to its target for share of renewable energy in total energy consumption in 2012, European statistical authority says.

E.U. close to its target for share of renewable energy in total energy consumption in 2012, European statistical authority says.

BRUSSELS - Renewable energy accounted for over 14 percent of the total energy consumption in the European Union for 2012, according to Eurostat, the European statistical authority.

"In 2012, energy from renewable sources was estimated to have contributed over 14 percent of gross final energy consumption in the EU28, compared with 8.3 per cent in 2004," Eurostat explained in a statement.

The European Union had set binding targets in 2009 with a "renewables directive" that requires all member states to "reach a 20 percent share of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and 10% share of renewable energy specifically in the transport sector."

While the share of renewable resources in energy consumption has grown in all European member states since 2004, Sweden, Denmark and Austria have seen the highest increases with Sweden, in 2012, raising its renewables consumption to 51 percent of its total energy consumption. Malta, the U.K. and Luxemburg were found to have the lowest renewables consumption in 2012 with the U.K. only at 4.2 percent.

Estonia, in 2011, was the first member state to reach its 2020 target with Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Sweden achieving the E.U.`s target in 2012, said Eurostat.

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