Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has recently published some data about the renewable energy share of the European Union members. Still with some missing data, the energy from renewable resources in 2010 was estimated to be around 12.4% of the gross final energy consumption, compared with 11.7% in 2009 and 10.5% in 2008.
According to Eurostat report, the highest contributors to the share of renewables in 2009 were Sweden (48%), Latvia(34.3%), Finland (31.1%), Portugal (24.6%) and Estonia (23%), and the lowest Malta (0.2%), Luxembourg (2.8%), the United Kingdom (2.9%) and the Netherlands (4.1%).
Share of Renewable Energy in the EU in 2009
Other countries out of the EU27 that have been doing a more than a remarkable contribution have been Norway and Croatia, with 65.1% and 13.2% share of renewables respectively, also in 2009.
Between 2006 and 2010, all EU member states increased their share of renewable energy in total consumption. The largest increases were recorded in Estonia, Romania, Denmark, Sweden and Spain. The EU has increased from 9% in 2006 to 12.4% in 2010
This data has been released during the the seventh edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week (18 to 22 June 2012), an event which promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy, and show how far some countries are to reach their individual targets, as well as to contribute as expected to reach the EU target for 2020: a 20% share of total energy consumption from renewable sources.