Research from the European Commission has predicted that the UK will fall marginally short of its binding renewables target for 2020.
Issued on 1st February, The Renewable Energy Progress Report, said that renewables would account for 14.8% of final energy consumption in the UK by 202 (just short of the 15% target). This made the UK one of four member states projected not to meet their national renewables goals, the others included in that list are Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The report expected that the EU would meet its overall 20% target, having reached 16.4% in 2015, although it warned of relatively slow progress in the transport sector.
Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU commissioner for climate action and energy, said: “Europe is well on track to meet its 2020 climate and energy targets. Despite the current geopolitical uncertainties, Europe is forging ahead with the clean energy transition. There is no alternative. And the facts speak for themselves: renewable energy is now cost-competitive and sometimes cheaper than fossil fuels.”