Renewable energy plays an important and growing role in the energy system of the European Union. This important milestone was also partially affected by COVID-19 as the demand for electricity decreased due to stay-at-home orders. Across the EU, the share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption has increased over recent years from 9.6% in 2004 to 18.9% in 2018. Germany introduced, in the same year, Europe’s first ‘feed-in-tariff’ for renewables; a policy mechanism designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy technologies. The Monitoring Mechanism Regulation ((EU) No 525/2013) requires Member States to annually report approximated greenhouse gas inventories by 31 July. This has in turn helped make some renewable energy technologies more easily accessible and affordable for EU citizens. A record 260 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy capacity was added worldwide in 2020, up 50% from the year before, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said, as countries further reduced their reliance on fossil fuel power. Ireland’s 2020 Energy Targets Update The European union have set out new energy efficiency regulations for each individual state to be carried out for the year 2020. In 2000 the world’s first large-scale wind farm ‘Horns Rev’ saw the light – also this time in Denmark. The current data set concerns the EEA 2019 proxies on primary and final energy consumption (PEC2020-2030; FEC2020-2030). It can be used to directly produce electricity, or heat for our homes and industries. List item. ISBN 978-92-9260-270-3 Acknowledgements IRENA would like to thank the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat for the close and fruitful collaboration Not only is it abundantly available within the EU, but it is also cost-competitive with fossil fuels. Renewable energy in Europe 2017 Recent growth and knock-on effects,, European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet), Biodiversity Information System for Europe, European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring, Marine Water Information System for Europe, Fresh Water Information System for Europe. This briefing investigates changes in the electricity mix since 2005, and their trade-offs from a life cycle perspective to help policymakers and individuals focus on areas that offer opportunities for improvement. ... 2020 6:49 AM ET BEP, BRLXF, ... and Europe. Data Approximated estimates for the share of gross final consumption of renewable energy sources in 2019 (EEA 2019 RES share proxies) The Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC and its recast 2018/2001/EU commit the EU to achieving a 20 % share of renewable energy sources (RES) in its gross final energy consumption by 2020, and 32 % by 2030. 8 Each Member State was required to publish a National Renewable Energy Action Plan, adopting sub-targets for electricity, heat and transport. The Clean energy for all Europeans package, and the recast Renewable Energy Directive, makes it easier for citizens to form energy communities, but also to produce, store and sell their own renewable energy. List item. 6. The fact that especially corporate demand for renewables seems unaffected is truly inspiring during these unusual and trying times,” says Tom Lindberg, Managing … The Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC and its recast 2018/2001/EU commit the EU to achieving a 20 % share of renewable energy sources (RES) in its gross final energy consumption by 2020, and 32 % by 2030. Engineered by: Citation: IRENA (2020), Renewable energy prospects for Central and South-Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC), International Renewable Energy Agency, Abu Dhabi. It called for a binding 30% share of renewables in energy consumption at EU level, to be implemented through individual nationally binding targets, and for an extension of tran… Already in 1991, Denmark installed the world’s first offshore wind farm “Vindeby” which included 11 wind turbines. In 2019, EU power production from wind and solar power overtook coal for the first time – meaning that they have become as competitive, or even cheaper, than fossil fuels in most places. As the rest of the world is increasingly using and producing renewables, Europe has continued to be a frontrunner. It also has the potential to provide a range of new jobs, create new industrial opportunities and contribute to economic growth. The increased use of renewable electricity across the European Union has not only reduced pressures linked to climate change, but also to air and water pollution (particulate matter formation, eutrophication and acidification), according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today. As such, it can help make our energy systems more affordable and reduce the EU’s dependency on imported fossil fuels. Renewable electricity could increase to 70 % of all power generation by 2030 to allow a net 55 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by that year and climate neutrality to be reached by 2050. The Commission, in its communication of 6 June 2012 entitled ‘Renewable energy: a major player in the European energy market’ (COM(2012) 0271), identified the areas in which efforts should be stepped up between now and 2020 for the EU’s renewable energy production to continue to … European demand decreased by 4% in 2020, according to the report, which said Covid trends had no effect on the growth of renewable energy sources. China and the U.S. were the two outstanding growth markets from 2020. State action—for example, in the form of renewables support auctions—remains key. The EEA Web CMS works best with following browsers: Internet Explorer is not recommended for the CMS area. This website has limited functionality with javascript off. ETC/CME Report 7/2020: Renewable energy in Europe 2020 - Recent growth and knock-on effects. The UK’s targets—to source 15% of all energy and 10% of transport fuels from renewables by 2020—originate in the EU’s 2009 Renewable Energy Directive. European demand decreased by 4% in 2020, according to the report, which said Covid trends had no effect on the growth of renewable energy sources. Despite multiple benefits for human health and the environment associated with the reduction in fossil fuel use for energy, increasing renewable power supply is not impact free. Data Approximated estimates for the share of gross final consumption of renewable energy sources in 2019 (EEA 2019 RES share proxies) The Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC and its recast 2018/2001/EU commit the EU to achieving a 20 % share of renewable energy sources (RES) in its gross final energy consumption by 2020, and 32 % by 2030. Even a small action can make an enormous difference when millions of people do it! Among its targets was the aim to source 20% of EU energy needs from renewables by 2020. A report by Ember and Agora Energiewende found that renewable energy sources powered 38% of electricity in the European Union in 2020. In 2020, fossil fuels accounted for 37% of electricity consumption across the European Union (EU). Germany-based supplier Varta committed this week to running its Apple production with 100 percent renewable power. This strategy will address opportunities and challenges, impact on energy grids and markets, management of maritime space and industrial policy dimensions of offshore wind. Since 2009, Morocco has developed an ambitious renewable energy programme aimed at increasing the share of renewable energies in the national energy network to 42 percent by 2021 and 52 percent by 2030. Ambitious policies, along with research and innovation projects and substantial investments, has contributed to a solid industrial foundation. SolarPower Europe's annual flagship event is back! Renewable energy will play a fundamental role in achieving the EU’s energy and climate objectives. Despite COVID-19 pandemic, more than 260GW of renewable energy capacity added globally in 2020, beating previous record by almost 50%. A new report by Ember, a renewable energy think tank, shows that energy provided by renewable sources surpassed that provided by fossil fuels in the 27 nations of the European Union in 2020. The European Union has a binding target of 20% renewable energy use by 2020 and the most recent statistics from Eurostat now show that as of 2017 the bloc had reached 17.5%. The demand for renewables documented with Guarantees of Origin has steadily increased every year, and the annual growth (CAGR) was a robust 16% during the period from 2012 – 2020. Europe should embark on a collective project to become the world leader in renewable energy by 2020, write Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute, Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council and President of the European Policy Center and Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the Solar Impulse, in an open letter to policymakers. Europe, comprising nearly half of all the renewable energy consumption. Specifically, renewables provided 38% of electricity output while fossil fuels provided 37%. In May 2020, the IEA market update on renewable energy provided an analysis that looked at the impact of Covid-19 on renewable energy deployment in 2020 and 2021. At the end of 2020, global renewable generation capacity amounted to 2 799 GW with hydropower still accounting for the largest share (1 211 GW) although solar and wind are catching up fast. Energy-related CO 2 emissions have risen by 1% per year on average since 2010. Germany - Volkswagen Group's EU sites could be supplied with 100 percent electricity from renewable sources by 2023. They also set a target of 10 % share of renewable energy in transport by 2020, and 14% by 2030. Across Europe, Apple’s suppliers are working toward clean energy solutions for their Apple productions — including Henkel and tesa SE, also based in Germany, DSM Engineering Materials based in the Netherlands, STMicroelectronics based in Switzerland, and Solvay … For references, please go to or scan the QR code. Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe. More targeted actions can help minimise the negative environmental effects of boosting renewable electricity supply. In February 2014 it adopted a resolutioncriticising the proposals made by the Commission for the 2030 climate and energy framework as short-sighted and unambitious. A recent news release by Eurostat, the statistics arm of the European Union, has revealed the progress different countries within Europe are making towards their targets. It includes a new binding renewable energy target for 2030 of at least 32%, with a clause for a possible upwards revision by 2023. To reach 20% of renewable energy in the total energy consumption in the EU by 2020. The cost of solar power production has for instance decreased by 75% between 2009 and 2018, and in 2014, onshore wind became cheaper than coal, gas and nuclear. As a technology, renewable energy is not new, and it has a strong foothold in Europe. February 2020 As we start a new decade, the forces shaping the European renewables sector are familiar enough, but the longer-term future in each market is becoming harder to predict. RES made up more than one fifth for this sector: 21.1 % in 2018 and 21.7 % in 2019, according to reported data and early EEA Approximated estimates for the primary and final consumption of energy in 2019 (EEA 2019 proxies on primary and final energy consumption). By 2000, Europe accounted for more than 70% of all wind power in… Latest EEA study finds multiple benefits of switch to renewable electricity. In 2020 alone, wind energy in Europe rose by 9 percent, with the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium contributing the most growth. Solar and wind dominated capacity expansion in 2020 with 127 GW and 111 GW of new installations, respectively. And in Europe, it’s out with the old and in with the (re)new(able) — sincere apologies there — as green energy sources have officially outgrown fossil fuels on the continent. Renewable energy in Europe 2019 - Recent growth and knock-on effects, 08 Jan 2018 - France, Spain and Portugal have also established good regional cooperation in the High Level Group for south-west Europe on interconnections . To increase energy efficiency to save 20% of EU energy consumption by 2020. The 2021 edition will be 100% dedicated to driving sustainable change, and making the recovery a true European success story. The Directive sets a legally binding target for the European Union to fulfill 20% of its energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020.