15 Mar EU members march to 2020 renewable energy target
Members of the European Union are 3% away from achieving a collective goal of reaching a 20% share of renewable energy by 2020, according to latest figures from its statistics office.
Energy attained from renewable sources across EU member states rose to 16.7% in 2015, the latest full year with which data has been published.
This figure is more than double the 8.5% recorded in 2004, and has prompted a new agreement between EU members to reach a 27% renewable energy target by 2030.
Sweden’s renewable energy industry continues to lead the way in Europe, with over half (53.9%) of its total energy mix coming from renewables.
Following Sweden is fellow Scandinavian nation Finland with 39.3%, along with Latvia and Austria, who recorded 37.6% and 33% of their respective energy shares represented by renewables.
At the other end of the spectrum, diminutive EU nations Luxembourg and Malta recorded the lowest proportions, with just 5% of their energy mix coming from zero-carbon sources.