Share of energy consumption from renewable sources in Europe
With a 22.1% share of energy consumed from renewable sources in 2020, the EU reached its headline target (20%) for 2020, according to data from Eurostat. This success builds upon years of consistent work by all Member States, even if national progress is uneven. The exceptional circumstances of 2020, marked by disruptions in all economic sectors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have aided the achievement of the renewable energy target by lowering total energy consumption. An unprecedented transformation in the energy system will still be necessary to meet the current 32% renewable energy target set for 2030.
Use of renewable energy for transport in Europe
The share of energy from renewable sources used for transport in the EU increased from under 2% in 2005 to almost 9% in 2019. Preliminary EEA data indicate that in 2020, this increased further to 10.1%. This suggests that collectively the EU countries reached the 10% target for share of energy from renewable sources in all forms of transport. However, EEA preliminary estimates show that this target was actually achieved by less than half of EU Member States.