National renewable energy UE targets as a percentage of final energy consumption

In Europe this growth is driven by both national and EU policies. By 2008 the EU member states had adopted longterm targets in three different areas of energy policy:

• a binding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 20% by 2020 compared to 1990; this target can be raised to 30%  subject to the conclusion of binding international climate change agreements;

• a mandatory target for renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass, which by 2020 must supply 20% of the EU’s final energy demand; and

• a voluntary agreement to cut EU energy consumption by 20% by 2020, compared to a reference projection.

The EU has also set a target of 10% renewable energy, including biofuels, in transport by 2020.

This new policy, with its increasing reliance on renewable  sources, will change European energy systems radically within the next decade. Energy technologies based on variable sources, especially wind power but to a lesser extent also wave power and PV, are expected to play a large role in the future energy supply. For example, by 2020 wind power is expected to supply 50% of the Danish electricity consumption – implying that from time to time significantly more wind power will be available than Denmark can consume1. This challenge will require not only significant changes in energy system structure, but also the development of intelligence within the system

Riso Energy Report 8. “The intelligent energy system infraestructure for the future”. Riso National Laboratory. Technical University of Denmark. September 2009. ISBN 978-87-550-3754-0



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