Finland doubles EU's average share of renewable energy
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption reached in 2018. Finland has reached 41.2 %, more than twice the average 18% in the European Union (EU).
According to Eurostat, renewable energy sources are solar thermal and photovoltaic energy, hydro (including tide, wave and ocean energy), wind, geothermal energy and all forms of biomass (including biological waste and liquid biofuels).
Besides Finland, other 11 countries in the EU have reached a share equal to or above their national 2020 binding targets: Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus and Sweden.
Lowest share in the NetherlandsSweden has by far the highest share with more than half (54.6%) of its energy coming from renewable sources.
On the other side of the list, the lowest proportion of renewables was registered in the Netherlands (7.4%), Malta (8.0%), Luxembourg (9.1%) and Belgium (9.4%). Netherlands is also the furthest country away from its goals (6.6 percentage points).