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Energy from renewables less than 10% at end 2017, some 3% from 2020 target

The share of energy from renewable sources (expressed in per cent of gross final energy consumption) reached 9.9 per cent in 2017 in Cyprus, according to Eurostat.

The target set is 13 per cent by 2020, and Cyprus started from a low starting point of 3.3 per cent in 2004, rising to 8.9 per cent in 2014, from there to 9.4 per cent in 2015 and then 9.3 per cent in 2016.  The 9.9 per cent of 2017 is the 5th lowest rate in the EU where the average is 17.5 per cent.

In 2017, the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy, in the European Union (EU), reached 17.5 per cent, up from 17 per cent in 2016 and more than double the share it stood at in 2004 (8.5 per cent), the first year for which the data is  available.

The share of renewables in gross final consumption of energy is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The EU`s target is to obtain 20 per cent of energy in gross final consumption of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and at least 32 per cent by 2030.

Since 2004, the share of renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy grew significantly in all member states. Compared with 2016, it has increased in 19 of the 28 Member States.

With more than half (54.5 per cent) of its energy coming from renewable sources in its gross final consumption of energy, Sweden had by far the highest share in 2017, ahead of Finland (41.0 per cent), Latvia (39.0 per cent), Denmark (35.8 per cent) and Austria (32.6 per cent) At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions of renewables were registered in Luxembourg (6.4 per cent), the Netherlands (6.6 per cent) and Malta (7.2 per cent).

Each EU Member State has its own Europe 2020 target.

The national targets take into account the Member States` different starting points, renewable energy potential and economic performance. Among the 28 EU Member States, 11 have already reached the level required to meet their national 2020 targets: Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Sweden.

Latvia and Austria are around 1 percentage point (pp) away from their 2020 targets. At the opposite end of the scale, the Netherlands (7.4 pp from its national 2020 objective), France (6.7 pp), Ireland (5.3 pp), the United Kingdom (4.8 pp), Luxembourg (4.6 pp), Poland (4.1 pp) and Belgium (3.9 pp) are the furthest away from their targets.


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