Guidehouse supported the European Commission on its latest progress report for renewable energy in Europe. The research shows that, in 2016, the EU reached a share of 17% of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption. Projections indicate that the EU as a whole has a good chance of meeting its binding renewables target of 20% by 2020. A renewables share in the range of 18.1% to 20.7% can be expected with current and planned renewable energy policy initiatives.
Investigating progress from different angles, Guidehouse and its partners provided:
According to the analysis, progress by Member State varies considerably. 23 Member States were comfortably above their indicative trajectories for 2015/2016 as defined in the Renewable Energy Directive. Only the Netherlands, Luxembourg and France are lagging behind. However, Luxembourg announced the use of cooperation mechanisms to make up for the deficit by 2020.
Without further action, a larger number of Member States risks missing their binding 2020 renewables targets: Belgium, Ireland, Greece, France, Cyprus, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Improving energy efficiency and thereby reducing overall energy demand represents an important pillar for achieving the 2020 renewables targets, since they are defined as renewables shares in energy demand.