Eleven EU States now achieving 2020 targets

The share of energy from renewable sources in the EU reached 17.5 per cent in 2017, rising 0.5 per cent from 2016 and more than double that of 2004, the first year for which data is available.

The EU's target is to obtain 20 per cent of energy in gross final consumption of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and at least 32 per cent by 2030, however, 11 countries are already achieving the EU 20 per cent goal.

Figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, show that Sweden has the highest renewable contribution, followed by Finland. The lowest share of energy is in Luxembourg followed by the Netherlands.

However, each country also has its own national target, and among the 28 EU Member States, 11 have also already reached the level required to meet their own national 2020 targets (however, these are not all the same 11 as reached the EU target): Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden.

Moreover, Latvia and Austria are around 1 percentage point away from their 2020 targets. At the opposite end of the scale, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Poland and Belgium are the furthest away from their targets.

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