Germany set to achieve 2020 EU renewables target, latest figures show

Germany is on course to achieve its binding European Union (EU) renewable energy target for 2020, according to latest statistics from the country’s federal environment agency.

The share of renewable energy in Germany’s total gross final energy consumption increased from 16.5% in 2018 to 17.1% last year, putting the 2020 target of 18% within reach.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said: “We now have to work to ensure that we achieve the goals sustainably and the further expand the share of renewable energy.

“The European Green Deal opens economic opportunities. We have to take advantage of these.”

Renewable energy in Germany’s electricity mix increased to 42.1% last year and in the first quarter of 2020 renewables supplied over half of the country’s electricity demand, driven by record wind and solar production and a dip in overall energy use due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Elsewhere, renewable energy in the heat sector increased to 14.5% and remained the same in the transport sector at 5.6%.