EU meets 2020 target for renewable energy in transport

The EU has met the 10% target level for 2020 for the share of renewable energy in transport, according to Eurostat.

The target includes liquid biofuels, biomethane and green electricity used in transport, and was included in Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.

Eurostat data shows the average share of energy from renewables in transport increased from 1.6% in 2004 to 10.2% in 2020, standing 0.2 percentage points above the target level.

Among the EU Member States, 12 surpassed the target. Sweden was the ‘clear leader’ in the use of renewables in transport with 31.9%, said Eurostat, followed by Finland (13.4%) the Netherlands and Luxembourg (both 12.6%). Sweden’s leading position can be explained by the high use of compliant biofuels.

In Contrast, Greece and Lithuania registered the lowest use of renewables in transport, at 5.3% and 5.5%, respectively.

In 2020, all EU Member States, except France (no change, 9.2%) and Finland (-0.9 percentage points), registered an increase in the share of renewable energy in transport compared to 2019, with the largest increases observed in Estonia (+5.9 percentage points), Luxembourg (+4.9 percentage points), Belgium (+4.2 percentage points), and Cyprus (4.1 percentage points).

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