Share of renewables in energy consumption in EU reached 17 pct in ’16

In 2016, the share of energy from renewable sources in consumption of energy reached 17 percent in the European Union (EU), double the share in 2004 (8.5 percent), Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, reported Thursday.

The EU’s target is to obtain 20 percent of consumption of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and at least 27 percent by 2030.

Since 2004, the share of renewable sources in consumption of energy grew significantly in all EU Member States, it noted.

With more than half (53.8 percent) of its energy coming from renewable sources in its consumption of energy, Sweden had by far the highest share in 2016, ahead of Finland (38.7 percent), Latvia (37.2 percent), Austria (33.5 percent) and Denmark (32.2 percent).

At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions of renewables were registered in Luxembourg (5.4 percent), Malta and the Netherlands (both 6.0 percent).

Source: Kuwait News Agency