The share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy in the European Union increased in 2018 to 18%, from a level of 17.5% in 2017, to a level more than double compared to the weight of 8.5 % recorded in 2004, Eurostat data shows. For 2020, Romania stands at 0.1% below the target of 24%.
In Romania, the trend was of a slight decrease, the share of energy from renewable sources in the final gross energy consumption falling from 25% in 2016 to 24.5% in 2017, to reach in 2018 the level of 23.9%, according to green-report.ro.
Among the 28 EU Member States, 12 Member States have already achieved their target, or a bigger one, in the share of renewables in gross final energy consumption by 2020.
Sweden has by far the largest share of energy from renewable sources in EU member states in 2018, with over half of the gross final energy consumption (54.6%) being represented by energy from renewable sources. In the top are Finland (41.2%), Latvia (40.3%), Denmark (36.1%) and Austria (33.4%).
At the opposite end, the lowest shares of energy from renewable sources were registered in the Netherlands (7.4%), Malta (8%), Luxembourg (9.1%) and Belgium (9.4%).