Eleven of the twenty-eight EU members have already met the 2020 goal of producing 20 percent of its power from renewable sources.
EU Achieving the target steadily
European Union (EU) consisting of 28 countries have one common goal- to produce its power from renewable sources. The target for 2020 is 20 percent and 11 member states are already ahead of their national targets.
The natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides, waves, geothermal heat are essentially used. REN’s 2017 report stated that renewables contributed 19.3 percent to human’s global energy consumption and 24.5% to their electricity generation in 2016.
Leading EU countries lagging behind
Statistics showed that EU produced 17.5 percent of its power from renewable sources in 2017 and 17 percent in 2016. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland, and Sweden are the nations to achieve the target way too early.
Sweden is leading from the front as more than half its energy is coming from renewable sources as per stats from 2017 followed by Finland at 39.3 percent, Latvia at 37.6 percent and Austria at 33.0 percent. While Luxembourg has the lowest of its energy coming from renewable source a mere 6.4 percent and is followed by Malta. France, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Ireland, and Britain are still a few percentage points off their 2020 objective. However, members agreed upon the target for 2030 to be 32 percent.
Leaders are happy with the efforts
Climate Commissioner of EU, Miguel Arias Canete, said, “The EU is on track to meet its 2020 renewable target, with 11 member states already above their national targets.” He further called the bloc to aim for net zero emission.
This mission or targets are part of EU’s overall drive to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 40 percent and by 2030 it would go by 1990 levels in line with the Paris agreement.
The Paris agreement which entered into force on 4th November 2016 brought all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.And the central aim of Paris agreement is to keep a global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.