2020 Renewable energy target


Europe warns UK it is falling behind on 2020 renewable energy target

Friday 23 May 2014 09:12

The European Commission has warned the UK to make “additional efforts” after new statistics show it has now fallen behind schedule on achieving its 2020 renewable energy targets.

The latest data released today by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EC, found that the UK has dropped below interim targets it had supplied to demonstrate how it would achieve its goal of delivering 15% of energy demand from renewable sources.

The release appears to contradict the latest update to the UK’s Renewable Energy Roadmap in which Energy Secretary Ed Davey claimed the nation was actually ahead of projections in achieving the legally binding goal.

But the UK was today named and shamed along with Malta, France and The Netherlands in falling short on delivering to the agreed forecasts.

The report stated: “While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some Member States need to make additional efforts to meet their national targets.”

The lengthy green energy update added: “Comparing the average of 2011-12 to the indicative trajectory set out in the Renewable Energy Directive, it can be seen that four countries are below the first indicative trajectory values, while all other countries were above them. These countries are France, Malta, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

“France, Malta, Netherlands and the UK were farthest away from their 2020 target — roughly 10 percentage points. The highest share was observed in Sweden. The lowest share in 2012 was observed in Malta, that also has the lowest target of all EU Member States.”

The shock warning comes as a surprise after Energy Secretary Ed Davey last year described the deployment of renewable energy capacity in line with the European Directive as “above our interim target”.

A DECC spokesperson commented: “We’ve already exceeded the amount of renewable energy required by our 2011/2012 interim target and our latest estimates suggest that the UK is currently on course to meet our next interim renewable target of 5.4% for 2013/2014.”

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