The share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption reached 16.7% in the European Union (EU), according to Eurostat. Each Member State has set its own Europe 2020 target. France is lagging behind.
In 2015, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption reached 16.7% in the European Union (EU), according to data released by Eurostat. This is double the level in 2004 (8.5%), the first year for which data are available. The share of renewable energies in gross final energy consumption is one of the key indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target for the EU is for this share to rise to 20% by 2020. Renewable energies will however continue to play a key role beyond 2020 in helping the EU meet its energy needs.
Each Member State has set its own Europe 2020 objective. The national objectives take into account the differences in the starting situations as well as the renewable energy potential and the economic performance specific to the Member States. Eleven of the 28 EU Member States have already reached the level required to achieve their respective 2020 national targets: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden. In addition, Austria and Slovakia are around 1 percentage point of their 2020 targets. At the other end of the scale, the Netherlands (at 8.2 percentage points of their national 2020 target) , France (at 7.8 pp), Ireland and the United Kingdom (at 6.8 pp each) as well as Luxembourg (at 6.0 pp) are the furthest from their targets.