The Nordic countries takes the lead as Europe increases energy from renewable sources
And one of them also reaches more than a 50% share.
European Union’s statistical office, Eurostat’s, numbers for the 28 EU members’ energy from renewable sources shows that twelve countries have already reached the union’s 2020 target of 18%. These include Nordic member states Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
According to Eurostat, the increase in this share are essential to reach the EU climate and energy goals. The first data of energy from renewable sources were available in 2004, with a share of 8,5%. Thirteen years later, in 2017, it had doubled (17,5%), and then 18% in 2018. The goal is to reach 20% by 2020 and 32% by 2030. Among the EU members, Denmark (36,1%) and Finland (41,2%) are way ahead. Sweden, however, sees more than half (54,6%) of their energy coming from renewable sources.
Norway and Iceland are not EU members and at the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportion of renewables was registered in Netherlands (7,4%), Malta (8%), Luxemburg (9,1%) and Belgium (9,4%).Heidi Lundsgaard