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Share of transport fuel from renewable energy sources

14/03/2017

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With a 16.7% share of energy derived from renewable sources in its gross final consumption of energy (see Eurostat news release 43/2017), the European Union (EU) is moving closer to its Europe 2020 headline target of 20% to be reached by 2020.

The Europe 2020 strategy however also has a specific sub-indicator on the share of transport fuels that come from renewable sources. The target for this sub-indicator is 10%. Calculations are made in accordance with Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

 

10% target only achieved in Sweden, Finland and Austria

In 2015, Sweden (24.0% of renewable fuel energy used in transport), Finland (22.0%) as well as Austria (11.4%) were the three Member States to have already reached the 10% transport target. France and Slovakia (both 8.5%) were relatively close to achieving the target. Most of the other EU Member States were around the half-way point to meeting their 2020 objective. With less than 3% of energy from renewables in transport, Estonia (0.4%), Greece (1.4%), Spain (1.7%), Slovenia (2.2%) and Cyprus (2.5%) were the Member States furthest from the 10% target.

Overall in the EU, the share of energy from renewable sources in transport stood at 6.7% in 2015, compared with 1.4% in 2004.

 

Share of energy from renewable sources in transport

 

For more information

Eurostat "SHARES 2015 results".

Eurostat Statistics Explained article "Energy from renewable sources".

For detailed information on methodology, please consult the "SHARES 2015 Manual".