Energy for heating / cooling from renewable sources


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In 2017, renewable energy accounted for 19.5 % of the total energy used for heating and cooling in the European Union (EU). This is a significant increase from 10.4 % in 2004. Increases in industrial sectors, services and households contributed to this growth. Aerothermal, geothermal and hydrothermal heat energy captured by heat pumps was also taken into account if reported by countries.

Bar chart of shares of total energy used for heating and cooling coming from renewable sources, by Member State, 2017

In four EU Member States, more than half of the total energy used for heating and cooling came from renewable energy sources in 2017: Sweden (69.1 %), Finland (54.8 %), Latvia (54.6 %) and Estonia (51.6 %).  In contrast, the lowest shares were in the Netherlands (5.9 %), Ireland (6.9 %) and the United Kingdom (7.5 %).

The source dataset is here.


For more information:

  • You can find more statistics on renewable energy in the latest Statistics Explained article available here
  • The share of energy from renewable sources is calculated in a harmonised manner across the EU Member States using the SHARES tool. More information about the SHARES tool can be found here.


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