EU renewable energy share increased to 19.7% in 2019

In 2019, renewable energy accounted for 19.7% of energy consumed across the 27 EU Member States, according to Eurostat. These figures, published on Friday, mean that the EU is only 0.3% from reaching its target of a 20% renewable energy share by 2020. Building on this progress, further increasing the use of renewable energy is a cornerstone of the European Green Deal. Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, said: “The continued increase in renewable energy use in the EU is positive news. Our energy policies under the European Green Deal will focus on further growth in the renewables sector.” Renewable energy is not only essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also to decrease dependency on imported fossil fuels and diversify the EU’s energy supplies. Eurostat statistics also show that 14 Member States are already above their national target levels for 2020 and 6 countries are near their targets. More information is available here.