Find out what the share of renewable energy is in different EU countries, how close they are to reaching ambitious goals for 2020 and what MEPs propose for 2030.

On Tuesday 28 November Parliament's energy committee adopted changes to the EU's renewable energy directive to include a new binding 35% green energy target for 2030 as well set new principles on future financial support to renewable energy sources and boost people's right to produce their own renewable energy.

 

Spanish S&D member José Blanco López, who is responsible for steering the plans through Parliament, said: “Europe needs to do more. It needs more ambition for renewable energy if it wants to fulfil its Paris commitments, fight climate change and lead the energy transition.”

 

The update is needed as the EU is committed to boosting renewable energy. Under rules agreed by member states 20% of the EU's energy consumption must come from renewable sources such as the sun or wind by 2020. In 2014 EU countries agreed this should increase to 27% by 2030.

 

To achieve this, national binding targets have been set and EU countries are on track to reach them. Check the table below for details.

Share of energy from renewable sources (in % of gross final energy consumption)

 

                                       

2015              

2020 target            

EU average

16.7

20

Sweden

53.9

49

Finland

39.3

38

Latvia

37.6

40

Austria

33

34

Denmark

30.8

30

Croatia

29

20

Estonia

28.6

25

Portugal

28

31

Lithuania

25.8

23

Romania

24.8

24

Slovenia

22

25

Bulgaria

18.2

16

Italy

17.5

17

Spain

16.2

20

Greece

15.4

18

France

15.2

23

Czech Republic

15.1

13

Germany

14.6

18

Hungary

14.5

13

Slovakia

12.9

14

Poland

11.8

15

Cyprus

9.4

13

Ireland

9.2

16

United Kingdom

8.2

15

Belgium

7.9

13

Netherlands

5.8

14

Malta

5

10

Luxembourg

5

11

 

Source: Eurostat

 

The EU is keen to push the use of clean energy, such as solar energy ©AP Images/European Union-EP