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Renewable energy statistics for EU published

Eurostat have published statistics showing that EU gross renewable energy use reached 18% in 2018. This is more than double the 8.5% usage in 2004.

The European Green Deal is set to make the EU the first climate neutral continent by 2050.

Sweden lead the way with almost 55% of their energy coming from renewable sources. They were closely followed by Finland, Latvia, Denmark and Austria.

On the other hand, the lowest use of renewables were found in Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta and then the Netherlands at 7.4%.

These statistics are divided by the share of renewable energy in:

  • Electricity
  • Heating/Cooling
  • Transport

Wind power was the largest source of renewable energy for electricity in 2018. Electricity from wind turbines was 3.2 times higher than in 2008 but a more drastic increase was found in solar which was 17.1 times higher than 2008. That meant a growth from 7.5TWh to 127.8TWh.

Along with this, the statistics found that 19.7% of heating/cooling was powered by renewable energy sources. This is a 9.3% increase since 2004.

Finally, the use of renewable energy in transport increased by 6.6% from 2004 to reach 8% in 2018. Following on from this, the use of renewables in this share greatly increased in countries such as Ireland, Malta, Finland and Sweden.

To read more on the statistics, head over to Eurostat to find out more

Categories: Environment, Sustainability, Electricity, Energy (General)
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