06 Jan 2011 10:01:06
EU 'may exceed 2020 renewable energy target'
The European Union (EU) is likely to surpass its target of generating 20 percent of all energy consumed on the continent from renewable sources by 2020, new research suggests.
An analysis of action plans from the 27 member states by the European Renewable Energy Association (EWEA) found 15 countries will exceed their national targets, with Bulgaria leading the way.
Ten countries, including the UK, will meet their targets, while Luxemburg and Italy are likely to fall short.
"Taken together, the action plans show that the EU-27 will meet 20.7 percent of its 2020 energy consumption from renewables," Justin Wilkes, policy director of the EWEA, said.
Wind energy will provide the greatest source of power, meeting 14 percent of Europe's total energy demand in 2020.
The UK is aiming for 15 percent of its energy to be generated from renewables by 2020, however Scotland has set itself a higher individual target of 80 percent.
Research from the National Grid released last year also found the UK was on track to meet its green energy target, providing agreements currently in place are completed.