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STATISTICS : SHARE OF RENEWABLES SHOOTS UP TO 14% IN 2012.

In 2012, energy from renewable sources(1) contributed an estimated 14.1% of gross final energy consumption in the EU28, compared with 8.3% in 2004, the first year for which data are available, Eurostat reported, on 10 March.

The target to be reached by the EU28 under the 'Europe 2020' strategy is a 20% share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption by 2020. Member states' national targets take into account their different starting points and renewable energy potential.

Since 2004, the share of renewable sources in gross final consumption has risen in all member states. The largest increases during the period 2004 to 2012 were recorded in Sweden (from 38.7% to 51%), Denmark (from 14.5% to 26%), Austria (from 22.7% to 32.1%), Greece (from 7.2% to 15.1%) and Italy (from 5.7% to 13.5%).

The highest shares of renewable energy in final energy consumption in 2012 were found in Sweden (51% of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy), Latvia (35.8%), Finland (34.3%) and Austria (32.1%), and the lowest in Malta (1.4%), Luxembourg (3.1%), the United Kingdom (4.2%) and the Netherlands (4.5%).

In 2011, Estonia was the first member state to reach its 2020 target and in 2012 Bulgaria, Estonia and Sweden achieved their 2020 targets (16%, 25% and 49%, respectively).

(1) Renewable sources include solar thermal and photovoltaic energy, hydro (including tide, wave and ocean energy), wind, geothermal energy and biomass (including biological waste and liquid biofuels)

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