Renewable energy accounted for 12.4% of overall consumption for EU in 2010, a 0.9-point year-over-year increase from 2009, report says; EU should produce an extra 100 Mtoe of renewables to achieve 2020 target of 20% renewable energy

PARIS , January 3, 2012 (press release) – Key data for the year 2010 (EU-27):

  • Renewable energy share in overall energy consumption: 12.4% in 2010 (11.5% in 2009)
  • Renewable energy share in electricity consumption: 19.8% in 2010 (18.2% in 2009)
  • Renewable energy share of domestic energy consumption: 9.9% in 2010 (9.1% in 2009)
EurObserv’ER is the first to publish estimates of the renewable energy share of gross final energy consumption for the European Union (EU) Member States (MS) in 2010. In 2010 the renewable energy share accounts for 12.4% of overall gross final energy consumption, as against 11.5% in 2009, which amounts to a 0.9-point year-on-year increase compared to 2009.

The 2009-2010 growth of the renewable energy share of overall gross final energy consumption is related to a bigger gross consumption of final energy from renewable sources: 145 Mtoe (against 131,6 Mtoe in 2009) for a gross final energy consumption of 1 170.7 Mtoe (against 1146.3 Mtoe in 2009). From 2009 to 2010, gross consumption of final energy from renewable sources increased by 10.2% (+ 13.4 Mtoe), as against to a 2.1% increase (+ 24.4 Mtoe) of the overall gross final energy consumption.

EU members should produce an extra hundred Mtoe of final energy from renewable sources to achieve the 2020 target of 20% of renewable energies in the EU-27 final energy gross consumption (2009/28/CE directive). It equates to an extra annual average of 10 Mtoe of final energy from renewable sources.

EurObserv’ER will publish its new edition in January 2012: “The state of renewable energy in Europe”. In this report context will be provided around the renewable energy shares presented above.

About the EurObserv’ER Barometer

The EurObserv’ER Barometer regularly publishes indicators reflecting the current dynamics in renewable energies (solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass, biogas, biofuels) worldwide and within the European Union. In ‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe’ (http://www.eurobserv-er.org/pdf/bilan10.asp) two additional technologies have been assessed: solar thermal electricity and ocean energy.

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