Renewable energy in Europe – 2017 update

The recently published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) report, outlines the progress renewable energy sources (RES) made in 2015 in the European Union (EU) as a whole, and at country, market sector and technology level. It also provides early estimates regarding developments at all of these levels.

It is clearly confirmed that the EU remains on track to reach its 20 % RES share target for 2020, despite RES growth across the EU having recently slowed. It also highlighted that the additional consumption of RES across Europe since 2005 has had a number of co-benefits thereby allowing the EU to cut its demand for fossil fuels and their associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 10%, compared with a situation in which renewables remained at 2005 levels. It also helped the EU and its Member States reduce primary energy consumption.

It is also confirmed that the EU is progressing slightly better overall, in terms of RES deployment, than other parts of the world. Today, the EU is a global leader in terms of renewable power capacity per capita. Between 2005 and 2015, the speed at which the EU has transformed the energy resource base supporting its economic activity has outpaced that of other world regions.

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