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Share of renewable energy in 2018 in the EU up to 18.0%

Share of renewable energy in 2018 in the EU up to 18.0%

Brussels, January 27 - Neftegaz.RU. In 2018, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption reached 18.0% in the European Union (EU), up from 17.5% in 2017 and more than double the share in 2004 (8.5%), the first  year for  which the data are available.

These figures are  published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The increase in the share of renewables is essential to reach the EU climate and energy goals. The EU's target is to reach 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and at least 32% by 2030.

Among  the 28 EU  Member  States, 12 Member States have already reached a share equal to or above their national  2020 binding targets: Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia,Greece, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Finland and Sweden.

4 Member States are close to meet their targets (i.e. less than 1 percentage point (pp) away), 9 are between 1 and 4 pp away, while three are 4 or more pp away from their targets.

Sweden had by far the highest share with more  than  half  (54.6%)  of its energy coming from  renewable sources,ahead of Finland (41.2%), Latvia (40.3%), Denmark (36.1%) and Austria (33.4%).

Lowest share in the Netherlands (7.4%). Low shares, less than 10% , were also recorded in Malta (8.0%),Luxembourg (9.1%) and Belgium (9.4%).