EU Powering Toward 20% Renewables Target

European Union targets adopted in the wake of the Kyoto Protocol call for the member states to account for 20 percent of their gross final energy consumption with renewable sources by 2020. According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the EU is currently on track to exceed that goal, based on the National Renewable Energy Action Plans submitted by each of the EU Member States to the European Commission.

These National Action Plans show that more than one third (34 percent) of EU electricity demand will be supplied from renewables by 2020, including 14 percent from wind energy (10 percent onshore, 4 percent offshore), 10.5 percent from hydro, 6.6 percent from biomass, 2.4 percent from solar photovoltaic, 0.5 percent from CSP, 0.3 percent from geothermal and 0.1 percent from marine power.

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Bulgaria leads the charge on the 15 countries exceeding the target, coming in at +2.8 percent, Spain at +2.7, Greece at +2.2, Hungary at +1.7 and Germany at +1.6. 10 Member States have reported that they will meet the 20 perdent target exactly, and just two Member States–Luxembourg, at -2.1 and Italy, at -0.9 – have informed the European Commission that they plan to use cooperation mechanisms (such as cap and trade) to meet the 2020 goal.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply January 15, 2011


    Hope !

    1. To the best of knowledge, the share of renewable energy in the U.S. in 2008 stood at approximately mere two percent, but now it is within sight of 11 percent.

    Maintaining the current pace, the U.S. could overtake EU members by 2020.

    As such, it’s not that challenging.

    Plus, the U.S. is unbeatable in software tech that functions as a human brain and is fundamental to renewable energy, smart grid.

    2. We won’t have to wait for a breakthrough in battery technology.

    Tesla EV battery cost is expected to be at 1/3 of the existing price.

    If (Tesla’s battery structure) works, we won’t have to wait for a breakthrough in battery technology to develop a relatively cheap electric vehicle. It could be as low as one-third of the cost of batteries being developed by car makers, because (laptop) batteries are produced in massive volumes.

    Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada who heads Toyota’s research and development claimed.

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