Commission: EU on the Whole on Track to Meet 20% Renewable Energy Target, 10% Renewable Energy in Transport Target Challenging But Feasible

The latest renewable energy progress report by the European Commission shows that with a projected share of 15.3% of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption in 2014 the EU on the whole is on track to meet its 20% renewable energy target for 2020. Reaching the 10% renewable energy target in the transport sector is somewhat more challenging yet feasible the Commission says in view of a projected share of 5.7% in 2014.

According to the report, 25 Member States, including Germany, are expected to meet their 2013/2014 renewable energy national targets (one country less than for the 2011/2012 targets). The Commission however warns that “Since the interim targets will become more ambitious over the coming years, some Member States may need to intensify their efforts to keep on track including the possible use of cooperation mechanisms with other Member States.”

Based on an assessment that only includes policy measures implemented until the end of 2013, nineteen countries including Germany are may exceed, some even considerably their 2020 renewable targets with the policies in place, the Commission says. On the other hand, some Member States, including France, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and to a lesser extent Belgium and Spain need to assess whether their policies and tools are sufficient and effective in meeting their renewable energy objectives, the Commission points out, adding that achievement of the 2020 renewable energy targets was also not certain in the case of Hungary and Poland. As the Commission emphasises, some Member States have meanwhile taken important decisions on public support or policy reforms.

An interesting table on page 10 of the report shows the “Projected deployment and deviation from planned EU technology deployment 2014 and 2020” broken down by technologies.

Renewable energy deployment in the transport sector has seen less progress than in the electricity and heating and cooling sectors. The EU share of renewable energy in transport reached 5.4% in 2013. Sweden is the only Member State that has already reached its renewable energy target for transport with the 2013 share reaching 16.7%, well above the binding 10% target for 2020.

The Commission also reported that the evaluation of the Renewable Energy Directive carried out in 2014 in the context of the REFIT programme, indicates that the Directive is effective and achieves its objectives, but its implementation could be improved at Member States’ level.

Source: European Commission

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