25 March, Paris – Whilst the European Union has been making good progress towards its 2020 renewable energy targets, the latest EurObser’ER report reveals the large disparity in the performance of the individual Member States.
Some states, such as Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, Estonia and Lithuania have already reached their 2020 targets, whilst a further eight countries have reached 90% or above of their target. However, substantial effort is still needed from the EU’s largest countries if the 2020 targets are to be met. Germany, the United Kingdom and France – the three largest energy users in Europe – are, respectively, 67.8%, 34.5% and 62.5% of the way towards achieving their 2020 targets.
Renewable Energy saw strong growth in 2014 as a result of a sharp increase in total wind power capacity, which grew by 10%, and a surge in biomass use for heat. However, the total turnover for renewable technologies in the EU dropped by €4.8 billion on the previous year, totaling €128 billion.
Click here to see, ‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe, 2014’.