The European Union set a target of reaching 20% renewable energy consumption by 2020. This has subsequently been upgraded to 32% by 2030. To achieve the 2020 objectives each member state has its own target: ranging from 10% in Malta to 49% in Sweden. Do you know if your country is on track? 

For the last 20 years the EurObserv’ER barometer has been monitoring the uptake of renewable energy in each Member State of the European Union. The action is supported by ADEME (the French Environment & Energy Management Agency), the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (an initiative of the European Commission) and Caisse des Dépôts (a French public finance institution).

Renewable energies barometer

EurObserv’ER monitors the development of eight different renewable technologies:

  • photovoltaics
  • wind
  • solid biomass
  • biogas
  • biofuels
  • solar thermal and CSP (concentrated solar power)
  • heat pumps 
  • renewable municipal waste.

Every two months a new EurObserv’ER ‘barometer’ is published, describing the latest production and consumption figures for a particular renewable energy sector in each Member State. The barometers are collated into annual overview reports titled ‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe’.

All publicly available data is compiled in the interactive online database. Statistics are presented through graphs and tables, and data for individual energy sources or Member States can be exported into Excel. 

Policy reports and case studies

Alongside the statistical monitoring, EurObserv’ER has also produced a set of policy profiles, giving a snapshot of the current policy framework supporting renewable energies in each EU Member State.

To promote the uptake of renewables, EurObserv’ER also collects promising case studies, focusing specifically on innovative financing schemes that have successfully helped to mobilise investments for renewable energy projects. 

You can find out more at the EurObserv’ER website, or follow them on Twitter @EurObserv_ER.

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