9th February 2017
According to a new report published by the European Commission Ireland is ranked 23rd out of the 28 EU member states for renewable energy.
The EU has set itself ambitious targets for renewable energy. 20% of all energy must come from renewable sources by 2020. And it looks like they’re on target to achieve this.
In 2015, the EU average for renewable energy was at it’s highest ever at 16.4%. However, there is vast disparity between the best and worst performing member states. Sweden used the most renewable energy in 2015 at 54.1%, while luxemburg came in last on 5%.
Ireland placed 23rd in the rankings with only 9% of our energy consumption coming from renewable sources. This placed Ireland just ahead of the UK on 8.2% and Belgium on 7.3%.
While the the EU as a whole looks set to meet its 2020 target, Ireland, Luxembourg, the UK and the Netherlands are on course to miss their share.
Ireland’s individual target for energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020 is 16%, currently Ireland is predicted to achieve only 15.5%.
If Ireland fails to meet its renewable energy targets by 2020, heavy fines could be imposed by the European Commission and renewable energy firms may be prevented from selling energy to other EU member states.