Renewable energy in the EU: Share of renewables in energy consumption in the EU reached 17% in 2016

January 25, 2018

The statistical office of Europe (Eurostat) on 25 Jan 2018 has reported that eleven member state has already achieved their 20/20 target, regarding the  portion of their energy consumption that derives from renewables. For 2016, the portion of energy consumption that was sourced from renewable alternative reached 17% of gross final consumption in the European Union (EU).  This represent a 100% increase from 2004s (8.5%). The EU’s target is to obtain 20% of energy in gross final consumption of energy from renewable sources by 20/20 and at least 27% by 2030. Each individual country has their own target.

The share of renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy grew significantly in all Member States compared with 2015. A breakdown of the figures by country reveals that Sweden had by far the highest share in 2016 (53.8%), ahead of Finland (38.7%), Latvia (37.2%), Austria (33.5%) and Denmark (32.2%). At the other end of the spectrum, the lowest proportions of renewables were registered in Luxembourg (5.4%), Malta and the Netherlands (both 6.0%).

The chart below shows member states and the portion of their energy consumption that comes from renewable.