EU expects to meet 20% renewables target by 2020

The EU will meet or slightly exceed its 20% renewable energy target by 2020, according to an analysis by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

The EWEA looked at all 27 member states’ national forecasts, finding that 21 countries expect to meet or exceed their target.

Spain leads the way, predicting that it will reach 22.7% renewables by 2020, almost 3% above its target. Germany follows looking likely to exceed its 18% target by 0.7%.

Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden all also expect to over-achieve on their EU renewable targets.

Only six countries, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and Malta, Bulgaria and Denmark, do not expect to meet their targets by a small margin. Bulgaria and Denmark, however, say that new national initiatives could them back on target.

Italy comes bottom of the EWEA’s league, predicting that it will have to import renewable energy from its non-EU neighbours Albania, Croatia, Serbia and Tunisia.

“Europe has witnessed a sea-change since the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive was agreed in 2008 [when] many countries [stated] that their target would be difficult to meet – now the majority are forecasting that they will meet or exceed their national target,” says Justin Wilkes of EWEA.

The upbeat conclusions of the report, however, are in contrast to recent reports in UK and Spain casting doubts on the ability of EU policies to drive down emissions and increase green technologies.

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22 February 2010