05 Mar 2019   |   News byte

EU reports uneven spread of renewable energy despite overall increase


EU reports uneven spread of renewable energy despite overall increase

In 2017, only 19.5 per cent of the total energy used for heating and cooling in the EU came from renewable sources. 

Despite a nearly two fold increase compared to 2004, when only 10.4 per cent of the energy used for heating and cooling came from renewables, the distribution of renewable energy across member states is uneven.

In four member states, more than half of the total energy used for heating and cooling came from renewable energy sources in 2017: 69.1 per cent in Sweden, 54.8 per cent in Finland, 54.6 per cent in Latvia and 51.6 per cent in Estonia.  In contrast, the lowest shares were in the Netherlands (5.9 per cent), Ireland (6.9 per cent) and the United Kingdom (7.5 per cent).

Source: Eurostat

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