Modest renewable energy growth in EU puts targets at risk: WindEurope

The share of renewables in the total energy mix of the European Union (EU) grew by just 0.5% in 2018, prompting lobbying group WindEurope to give a ‘stark warning’ on the prospect of the bloc missing its renewable energy targets.

latest figures published by Eurostat showed that renewable energy generation increased from 17.5% in 2017 to 18% in 2018, while the EU’s goal for 2020 is to meet 20% of total electricity demand from renewable sources.

WindEurope called the 2018 data ‘very disappointing’ and said that the 2% gap is a ‘clear sign that Europe is unlikely to make the 20% target for 2020’.

“If we can’t meet the modest 2020 targets, then something needs to drastically change to deliver the far more ambitious Green Deal targets,” added WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.

Last month the European Commission laid out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 50-55% by 2030 under its new Green Deal, and for the EU to become carbon neutral by 2050.

However, WindEurope warned that the EU may need to raise its 2030 target of 32% renewables to meet the objectives of its Green Deal and net-zero ambitions.