Region: Increase in share of renewable energy in the EU in 2019, SEE Energy News
In 2019, the share of gross final energy consumption from renewable sources reached 19.7 % at EU level. With more than half of energy from renewable sources in its gross final consumption of energy, Sweden (56.4 %) had by far the highest share among the EU Member States in 2019, ahead of Finland (43.1 %), Latvia (41.0 %), Denmark (37.2 %) and Austria (33.6 %). At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions of renewables were registered in Luxembourg (7 %), Malta (8.5 %), the Netherlands (8.8 %) and Belgium (9.9 %).
When looking at the national targets, fourteen Member States are above their target levels for 2020. Six countries are near their targets: Hungary, Austria and Portugal (at 0.4 % from their national targets), Germany (0.6 %), Malta (1.5 %) and Spain (1.6 %). By contrast, still quite far from their targets are France (at 5.8 % from their national target), the Netherlands (5.2 %), Ireland and Luxembourg (both at 4 %).
Regarding Member States covered by our review, Bulgaria achieved 21.56 % RES share in 2019, Greece (19.8 %), Croatia (28.47 %), Hungary (12.61 %), Romania (24.29 %) and Slovenia with 21.66 % RES share in final energy consumption. Regarding non-EU states Serbia achieved 21.44 % RES share, Montenegro 37.37 % and Albania 36.67 %. The European Union includes 27 EU Member States. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020.