Energy

Progress reports

Progress reports

Every two years, EU countries report on their progress towards the EU's 2020 renewable energy goals. Based on the national reports and on other available data, the European Commission produces an EU-wide report which gives an overview of renewable energy policy developments in EU countries.

Key findings from the latest EU-wide report, published in 2017 (based on the 2015 national reports and other data):

  • In its final energy consumption, the EU as a whole achieved a 16% share of renewable energy in 2014 and an estimated 16.4% share in 2015.
  • The vast majority of EU countries are well on track to reach their 2020 binding targets for renewable energy, but all countries will have to continue their efforts to meet these targets.
  • The transport sector achieved a 6% share of renewable energy in 2015, so some EU countries will have to intensify their efforts to reach the 10% binding target for transport by 2020.

The report also emphasised how using renewables contributes to the five dimensions of the Energy Union:

  • Energy security: using more renewables resulted in a €16 billion saving in fossil fuel imports in 2015, and this is projected to rise to €58 billion in 2030.
  • Market integration: cheaper technologies and new proposals under the Commission's 'Clean Energy for all Europeans' package will further enable renewables to participate in markets on an equal footing with other energy sources.
  • Energy efficiency: renewable power could help reduce primary energy consumption and improve energy performance of buildings.
  • Decarbonisation: in 2015, renewables contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of Italy's total emissions.
  • Innovation: the EU has 30% of global patents in renewables, and is committed to prioritising research and innovation to further drive the energy transition.

In addition, the benefits of renewables also extend to:

  • Economic growth and added value: the turnover of the renewables industry in 2014 was €144 billion.
  • Sustainable jobs: in the EU, there were more than one million jobs in renewables in 2014.
  • Improved air quality, through fuel switching to renewables in all sectors.
  • International development: renewables can help developing countries gain access to affordable and clean energy.

2017

Commission renewable energy progress report

2015

Commission renewable energy progress report

Annex to the Commission renewable energy progress report

Staff working document of the Commission renewable energy progress report

Member State progress reports in their original language

Member State progress reports translated into English

Progress reports of the EFTA Countries Norway in original language | en

2013

Commission renewable energy progress report

Member State progress reports in their original language

Member State progress reports translated into English

Progress reports of the EFTA Countries

2011

Commission renewable energy progress report

Member State progress reports in their original language

Member State progress reports translated into English

Links for Member State reporting

Access to the online reporting tool ERMAT and templates for the progress reports.

These can be found here.

Related legislation

Related legislation Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC)

Directive to reduce indirect land use change for biofuels and bioliquids ((EU)2015/1513)

Progress reports - electricity

They are produced under the directive 2001/77/EC on the promotion of electricity produced from renewable energy sources.

These can be found here.

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