Eurostat issued a report last week which claimed that the European Union managed in 2016 to satisfy 17% of its energy requirements from renewable sources. Of the 28 E.U. member states, 11 have already reached the 2020 target to possess renewable resources more than 20% in their energy resource mixes utilised for covering their power requirements.
Typical examples of renewable energy entail hydro, solar and wind powers. According to Eurostat’s report, the E.U. as a Single Market entity has managed to improve its environmental sustainability profile by increasing usage of renewable energy from 8% back in 2004 to 17% in 2016. The report also argued that the 2020 renewable energy lower-limits are reachable by most member-states. The report also expressed the European officials’ optimism that some E.U. states will also reach the ambitious 2030 target of 32%.
The E.U. Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete presented the details of the report to the European Commission last week. Sweden is the most environmentally-friendly member state of the bloc with more than 50% of its energy requirements being satisfied by renewable resources. Luxembourg is the weakest link in the E.U. chain, with renewable energy resources only accounting for the 6% of its total power requirements. Britain, France and the Netherlands also have some additional progress to make to reach the 2020 aspiration. Greece has made considerable progress, but still its 14% result denotes that overall usage of renewable resources needs to be improved in coming years.
The environmental targets for 2020 and 2030 have been set in accordance with the December 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The Paris Agreement pledges the signatory states to reverse the phenomenon of global warming by reducing the average planet temperature to below the 2 degrees Celsius threshold in due course.