According to the latest data from Eurostat, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy in the EU grew significantly in 2015 and has continued to grow towards a goal of 20 percent, which is to be achieved by 2020.
Furthermore, in 2015 the share of energy from renewable sources increased in twenty-two EU member countries, including Croatia, in comparison to the previous year.
"The share of renewable energy sources in gross final consumption of energy is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target to be reached by 2020 for the EU is a share of 20 percent energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy. However, renewable energy sources will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. Therefore, the EU member states have already agreed on a new EU renewable energy target of at least 27 percent by 2030," Eurostat says.
The data from Eurostat also show that among the EU member countries in 2015, Sweden had the highest share of energy from renewable sources in its gross final consumption of energy (53,9%). This country was followed by Finland (39,3%), Latvia (37,6%), Austria (33%) and Denmark (30,8%).
As far as Croatia is concerned, in 2015 its share of renewable sources in gross final consumption was 29 percent. In the previous year, this share was 27,9 percent, whilst in 2004 it was 23,5 percent. Just like the other EU member countries Croatia has also set the goal of reaching 20 percent share of renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy by 2020.
On the other hand, the lowest share of renewable energy sources were recorded in Luxembourg and Malta (both 5%), the Netherlands (5,8%), Belgium (7,9%) and the United Kingdom (8,2%).
It is important to note that out of the twenty-eight EU member countries, eleven of them have already reached the level required to meet their national 2020 goals such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden.