Sweden tops rise in EU clean energy: Eurostat
- EU sees doubling of renewable energy consumption from 2004, when data was first collated, to 2015

The share of final consumption of renewable energy in the EU doubled in 2015 compared to data in 2004, the first year data was available, according to the statistical office of the EU, Eurostat, on Tuesday.

Renewable energy consumption in 2004 was 8.5 percent compared to 16.7 percent in 2015, Eurostat's data shows.

The country's target is to reach at least 20 percent renewables in the final consumption of energy by 2020.

"Renewables will continue to play a key role in helping the EU meet its energy needs beyond 2020. For this reason, member states have agreed on a new EU clean energy target of at least 27 percent by 2030," according to the statement.

- Highest share of clean sources in Sweden, lowest in Luxembourg, Malta and Netherlands

The statistics shows that since 2004, the share of clean sources in gross final consumption of energy grew significantly in member states, with increases seen in 22 out of the 28 member states.

"More than half, or 53.9 percent, came from Sweden in 2015 which is the highest share, ahead of Finland which accounted for 39.3 percent.

At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions of clean energy were registered in Luxembourg and Malta with each having a 0.5 percent share while the Netherlands had a 5.9 percent share.

- France and the Netherlands furthest away from their goals

Each EU member state has its own Europe 2020 target. The national targets take into account the member states’ different starting points, renewable energy potential and economic performance.

Among the 28 EU member states, 11 have already reached the level required to meet their national 2020 targets: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden.

"At the opposite of the scale, the Netherlands and France are the furthest away from their goals," the data revealed.

By Gulsen Cagatay

Anadolu Agency

15 Mar,2017