Renewable Energy

EU’s Renewable Share in 2022 and Path to 2030 Target

Renewables accounted for 23% of EU’s energy consumption in 2022, up from 21.9% in 2021 and 9.6% in 2004.

To reach the goal of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, the EU has set a new target of raising the renewable share to 42.5% (with an aspiration to reach 45%) by 2030.

This will require an acceleration in the take-up of renewables over the coming years, given the gap is currently at almost 20 percentage points.

In 2022 Sweden had the highest renewable share at 66%, Ireland the lowest at 13%.

Sweden has consistently been the country with the highest renewable share since 2004. It is noteworthy that all EU countries have made progress since 2004.

Renewable energy sources include wind power, solar power, hydro power, tidal power, geothermal energy, ambient heat captured by heat pumps, biofuels and the renewable part of waste.

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