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Progress in renewable energy across Europe

Renewable sources account for nearly 50 percent of energy consumption in Sweden, the overall EU leader in this field.
 Latvia, Finland and Austria each use energy that is more than 30 percent renewable, and Portugal’s share is nearly 25 percent,according to Eurostat.

EU Is Embracing Green Energy, Report Shows http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/19/47606.htm By WILLIAM DOTINGA (CN) – More than 12 percent of the energy consumed in the European Union comes from renewable sources, a new report shows.   The report from Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, compiles data from 2006 to 2010, the latest year for which data is available.
Three of the EU’s 27 member states – Belgium, France and Hungary – did report 2010 data.   Lawmakers passed a directive in 2009 to derive 20 percent of final energy consumption in the EU from renewable sources by 2020. Each member state received a target to reach the aggregate 20 percent target. The individual goals take into account each country’s different
starting points, renewable energy potential and economic performance, according to Eurostat.
Solar, thermal, wind, geothermal, biofuels, photovoltaic, and
hydro, made up of tide, wave and ocean, are all renewable energy
sources under the directive.
Eurostat found that each member state increased its share of
renewable energy from 2006 to 2010, and that the largest increases
came from Estonia, Romania, Denmark, Sweden and Spain. These countries
each increased their shares of renewable energy usage by 5 to 8
percent.
Renewable sources account for nearly 50 percent of energy consumption in Sweden, the overall EU leader in this field.
Latvia, Finland and Austria each use energy that is more than 30 percent renewable, and Portugal’s share is nearly 25 percent,according to Eurostat.
Malta, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are at
the bottom of the list, ranging from less than half a percent in Malta
to almost 4 percent in the Netherlands. All four of the countries at
the bottom are nine or more percentage points away from their 2020
goals, according to Eurostat’s chart.
Norway – which has twice rejected membership in the EU by popular
vote but maintains close ties to the union – gets more than 61 percent
of its total energy from renewable sources, the agency said.
Eurostat released the figures to coincide with Sustainable Energy
Week in Europe, which runs through June 22.

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June 20, 2012 - Posted by | EUROPE, renewable

1 Comment »

  1. The more a Country uses Renewable energy the more stable it’s government!

    Happy Solar Day 2012

    Comment by CaptD | June 20, 2012 | Reply


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