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06 Jan 2011 10:01:06

EU 'may exceed 2020 renewable energy target'

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.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800325995-ADNFCR

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07 Jan 2011

Scotland's target for energy to be generated from renewables by 2020 is actually 20% at present. The 80% refers to Scotland's target for electricity to be generated from renewables. This high figure represents the great potential for renewable electricity generation in Scotland. There is less potential in Scotland to use renewable sources to generate energy for the other main forms of energy use – heat and transport – and hence they have much lower targets which reduces the overall energy target to 20%.

However, the overall energy target of 20% has not actually been adjusted since the electricity target was increased from 50% to 80% last year and so this either means that the overall energy target should now in fact be higher than 20%, or that the targets for one or both of heat and transport have been lowered from their previous values of 11% and 10% respectively.

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