UK among furthest away from renewables targets
New figures have revealed that, among the EU member states, the UK is one of the furthest away from its 2020 target for deploying renewables. The research, published by Eurostat on Tuesday 14 March, showed that renewables sources accounted for 8.2% of final energy consumption in the UK in 2015. Lower proportions were recorded only in Luxembourg, Malta (both 5.0%), the Netherlands (5.8%) and Belgium (7.9%). This put the UK 6.8pp shy of its 15% target for 2020, with only the Netherlands (8.2pp) and France (7.8pp) further away. At the other end of the scale, more than half (53.9%) of Sweden’s energy comes from renewables sources; it is one of 11 member states to have already reached its target.