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Europe on track to meet ambitious renewables targets

The European Commission released a report revealing that the EU is on track to exceed its target of generating 20% of all energy consumed from renewables, as set out in the Renewable Energy Directive. Ten of the EU’s 27 Member States are likely to surpass their national targets, while a further 12 will meet their goals. Just five countries are predicted to miss their targets using domestic renewable energy sources alone.

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner responsible for Energysaid: ‘This is a very positive sign for the environment, as it willhelp us to cut CO2 emissions and at the same time enhance our energysecurity. It is also a very positive message for our economy and ourcompanies. It is an incentive to invest in green technology and theproduction of renewable energy’.

According to the Renewable Energy Directive, those Member States whichconsider that they cannot reach their targets with domestic resourcesalone, must either acquire transfers from other Member States orcountries outside the European Union. But as the summary shows, thismechanism will only play a minor role. Only around 2 Mtoe of the totalrenewable energy needed in 2020, will be traded between Member Statesor third countries. This amounts to less than 1%.

The priority will however remain to assist all Member States to reachthe required target or, for those which are already close to thetarget, to go beyond it.

The Renewable Energy Directive sets individual national targetsaccording to Member States' capacity to increase their share ofrenewables. The Directive asked Member States to deliver a report,explaining whether they expect to achieve their targets from domesticrenewable energy sources, whether they expect to exceed their targetsand have a ‘surplus’ to offer to other Member States through the use ofthe ‘cooperation mechanisms’ contained in the Directive, or whetherthey expect to need to import renewable energy statistically using thecooperation mechanisms to meet their targets.

The Directive sets an overall EU target of 20% renewables of totalenergy consumption by 2020 – and individual binding nationaltargets.

Individual reports and a summary table with all Member States'performance: