Renewable energy share in EU ‘reached 15%’

The share of energy from renewable sources in the European Union reached 15% in 2013. That’s up from 8.3% in 2004 – the first year for which the data is […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The share of energy from renewable sources in the European Union reached 15% in 2013.

That’s up from 8.3% in 2004 – the first year for which the data is available – according to new figures from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office.

The EU has set a target of generating 20% of energy from renewable sources by the end of the decade, with each member state setting their own goals.

Bulgaria, Estonia and Sweden have already achieved the level required to meet their national 2020 targets while Lithuania, Romania and Italy are less than 0.5% away from reaching their goals.

At the opposite end of the scale however are the UK (9.9% away), the Netherlands (9.5%), France (8.8%) and Ireland (8.2%).

Since 2004, 13 member states have “at least doubled” their shale of renewable energy in the last 10 years, the report stated.