Energy

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 (news item, February 2017) 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.

5th progress report from MS (reference year 2017-2018)

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Member State
5th progress reeport 
(reference year 2017-2018)
Original
Translated
Austria
de en
Belgium
fr - nl en
Bulgaria
bg en
Croatia
hr en
Cyprus
el en
Czechia
cs en
Denmark
da

en

Estonia
et en
Finland
fi en
France
fr

en

Germany
de

en

Greece
el

en

Hungary
hu

en

Ireland

en

Italy

it

en
Latvia

lv

en

Lithuania

lt

en

Luxembourg
de en
Malta
en
Netherlands
nl en
Poland

pl

en

Portugal
pt

en

Romania

ro

en

Slovakia

sk

en

Slovenia

si

en

Spain
es en
Sweden
sv en
United Kingdom

en

Member State progress reports for reference years 2001-2016 

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