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26/01/2022

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In 2020, renewable energy sources made up 37% of gross electricity consumption in the EU, up from 34% in 2019. 

Wind and hydropower accounted for over two-thirds of the total electricity generated from renewable sources (36% and 33%, respectively). The remaining one-third of electricity came from solar power (14%), solid biofuels (8%) and other renewable sources (8%). Solar power is the fastest-growing source: in 2008, it only accounted for 1% of the electricity consumed in the EU. 

 

Pie chart: Renewable sources generating electricity in the EU as a % of the total in 2020

Source dataset: nrg_ind_ren
 

Among the EU Member States, more than 70% of electricity consumed in 2020 was generated from renewable sources in Austria (78%) and Sweden (75%). The generation of electricity from renewable sources was also high and accounted for more than half of the electricity consumed in Denmark (65%), Portugal (58%), Croatia and Latvia (both 53%).

 

Bar graph: Electricity from renewable sources as % of total gross electricity consumption in the EU and EFTA countries, in 2020

Source dataset: nrg_ind_ren
 

At the other end of the scale, the share of electricity from renewable sources was 15% or less in Malta (10%), Hungary and Cyprus (both 12%), Luxembourg (14%) and Czechia (15%). 

 

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