Reporting on Europe’s Renewable Energy Deployment

In a European Commission report, Guidehouse examines the progress of renewable energy deployment in Europe

The European Commission required assistance in compiling their fifth progress report on renewable energy in Europe to present to the European Parliament and Council of the European Union.

Guidehouse, together with Vienna University of Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research, and The European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering, supported the European Commission in preparing their 2020 report. Guidehouse focused on monitoring the progress of renewable energy deployment in all of Europe, including renewable energy policies and barriers. 

The team’s analysis showed that, at an EU-level, the shares of renewable energy sources (RES) in total continuously increased over the past years. In 2018, the EU reached a share of 18% of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption, with the target for 2020 being 20%. A comparison of expected deployment with planned deployment of renewables by 2020 shows that the EU will likely succeed in meeting its binding renewables target with an expected share of renewables of 22%. 

For some member states (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Poland), their current policies appear insufficient to trigger the required volumes of renewables to reach their 2020 targets purely domestically. Through cooperation agreements with other member states they could still close the gap to their binding targets for renewable energy.


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