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EU Countries Already Exceeding 2020 Renewable Energy Target

Posted By Timon Singh On January 6, 2011 @ 4:15 pm In Renewable Energy | 3 Comments

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It seems that despite the Copenhagen Climate Conference’s [1] failure to make a dent in global environmental policy, the EU is still doing everything possible to make sure they meet the goal of receiving 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020 [2]. In fact, many European countries have already begun to exceed this target!


According to National Renewable Energy Action Plans published at the  Renewable Energy Focus [3] show, it is estimated that by 2020 an average of 34% of all the EU’s energy will come from renewable sources. Not only are most member states on track to meet the 20% target by 2020, but some have already surpassed it, now setting new goals for themselves. The European Wind Energy Association [4] was also keen to note that, on average, the continent is already producing 14% of its renewable energy from wind.

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Continental leaders are without question running with the change. Finland, who already receives 30% of its energy from renewable sources, are upping the ante to a new target of 38% by 2020. Another go-getter includes Sweden who is aiming to do even better. Currently the Swedes get 42% of their energy via green means and are shooting for 50% by 2020. Even recent additions to the EU such as Romania and Slovenia are on target to be 24% and 25% renewable by 2020.

Of course, this does not mean that all of Europe is on track – Malta is almost 100% powered by oil [5] and there is concern that it may not even meet a goal of 10% by 2020, despite the ample sunlight they receive. Luxembourg is also on the short end, currently boasting a renewable total of  just 11%. Moreover, former Eastern Bloc countries such as the Czech Republic and Hungary are also finding reduced targets of 13% due to various difficulties.

However, on the whole, it seems the EU is setting a great example for the rest of the world. A full list of each EU country’s goal can be seen here [3].

+ European Wind Energy Association [4]

via Renewable Energy Focus [3]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Copenhagen Climate Conference’s: http://www.inhabitat.com/cop16-reporting-from-day-1-of-the-climate-talks-in-cancun/

[2] 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020: http://www.inhabitat.com/10-eu-countries-pledge-to-create-north-sea-renewable-energy-grid/

[3] Renewable Energy Focus: http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/14889/eu-to-exceed-20-renewable-energy-by-2020/

[4] European Wind Energy Association: http://www.ewea.org/

[5] Malta is almost 100% powered by oil: http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=107444

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