The share of Greece’s energy consumption provided by renewable energy sources (RES) was 15.4 pct in 2015, compared with 16.1 pct in the EU, according to Eurostat figures released on Tuesday.
The share of renewables in the EU28 countries virtually doubled from 8.5 pct in 2004 to 16.7 pct in 2015, while the goal is to reach 20 pct by 2020. In Greece during the same period, the share of RES rose from 6.9 pct in 2004 to 13.5 pct in 2012, reaching 15.4 pct in 2015. Greece’s target is to increase the share of renewables to 18 pct by 2020.
Among the EU member-states, renewables had the highest share of final energy consumption in Sweden (53.9 pct), Finland (39.3 pct), Latvia (37.6 pct) and Austria (32.1 pct). The lowest shares, conversely, were in Luxembourg and Malta (5 pct), the Netherlands (5.8 pct), Belgium (7.9 pct) and the United Kingdom (8.2 pct).
Eleven EU member-states (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden) have already met their 2020 targets for the share of renewables.
The countries further from the targets included the Netherlands (8.2 percentage points from reaching its national 2020 objective), France (7.8 pp), Ireland and the United Kingdom (both 6.8 pp) and Luxembourg (6.0 pp).