EUROSTAT: Share of renewables in the EU still on the rise to almost 17% in 2015
Publication date: 23 March 2017
On 14 March 2017, EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the European Union, issued a press release on the share of renewables in the EU Member States (MS). According to the press release, in 2015, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy reached 16.7% in the European Union (EU) nearly double 2004 (8.5%), the first year for which the data are available. The share of renewables in gross final consumption of energy is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target to be reached by 2020 for the EU is a share of 20% energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy. However, renewables will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. For this reason, MS have already agreed on a new EU renewable energy target of at least 27% by 2030.
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