Climate action in Lithuania: Latest state of play

24-06-2021

The EU's binding climate and energy legislation for 2030 requires Member States to adopt national energy and climate plans (NECPs) for the 2021-2030 period. In October 2020, the European Commission published an assessment for each NECP. Lithuania finalised its NECP in December 2019. Lithuania generates 0.55 % of the EU's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and has reduced emissions at a slower pace than the EU average since 2005. Most economic sectors showed emissions reductions in the 2005-2019 period, with the exception of transport, agriculture and the 'other emissions' sectors. The transport and agriculture sectors account for 52 % of Lithuania's total emissions. Energy industry emissions have fallen by 60 % since 2005, while emissions in the 'other emissions' category, which includes services and buildings grew by 24 %. EU effort-sharing legislation allowed Lithuania to increase its emissions by 15 % up until 2020. Lithuania stayed well below its 2013-2020 allowances and expects to over-achieve on the 2030 target of 9 % reductions relative to 2005, potentially achieving 21 % reductions. Lithuania's renewable energy share was 25.5 % in 2019. The country's 2030 target of a 45 % share focuses mainly on wind, solar and biofuels. Energy efficiency measures centre to a large extent on the building stock and transport sector with support schemes for industry and households.

The EU's binding climate and energy legislation for 2030 requires Member States to adopt national energy and climate plans (NECPs) for the 2021-2030 period. In October 2020, the European Commission published an assessment for each NECP. Lithuania finalised its NECP in December 2019. Lithuania generates 0.55 % of the EU's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and has reduced emissions at a slower pace than the EU average since 2005. Most economic sectors showed emissions reductions in the 2005-2019 period, with the exception of transport, agriculture and the 'other emissions' sectors. The transport and agriculture sectors account for 52 % of Lithuania's total emissions. Energy industry emissions have fallen by 60 % since 2005, while emissions in the 'other emissions' category, which includes services and buildings grew by 24 %. EU effort-sharing legislation allowed Lithuania to increase its emissions by 15 % up until 2020. Lithuania stayed well below its 2013-2020 allowances and expects to over-achieve on the 2030 target of 9 % reductions relative to 2005, potentially achieving 21 % reductions. Lithuania's renewable energy share was 25.5 % in 2019. The country's 2030 target of a 45 % share focuses mainly on wind, solar and biofuels. Energy efficiency measures centre to a large extent on the building stock and transport sector with support schemes for industry and households.