Of the 20 countries that reduced emissions, Portugal made the largest reduction with 9.0 pct in 2018, followed by Bulgaria at 8.1 pct, Ireland at 6.8 pct, and Germany with a 5.4 pct drop.
Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Finland's emissions were unchanged while
Latvia's emissions jumped 8.5 pct in 2018. (Source: Eurostat, CPH Post, 9 May, 2019)
Contact: Eurostat, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/home
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Each member state has its own individual renewable energy goal ranging from 10 to 49 pct based on its situation and potential. While 11 countries in the bloc have already surpassed their targets, others are lagging behind, according to Eurostat.
With the target for 2030 at 32 pct, Eurostat notes, "While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some member states will need to make additional efforts to meet their obligations."
Specifically, the EU's renewable energy leaders are Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark with more than half of the total energy consumed coming from renewables -- primarily hydropower, wind and biofuels.
Luxembourg and the Netherlands are the EU countries with the lowest consumption of renewables, at 6.4 pct and 6.6 pct respectively. Despite its investment in offshore wind farms, the Netherlands is the furthest from reaching its targets.
In 2017 France reached 16.3 pct of energy consumption from renewables, compared to its 23 pct target for 2020. Woody biomass and hydropower are the main sources of green energy in France which sources 70 pct of its electricity from nuclear. Even so, France has committed to closing 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and shutting down four still-active coal power plants by 2022.
Germany's renewable energy, which comes mainly from wind and solar power, reached just 15.5 pct in 2017, while its 2020 objective is set at 18 pct. Coal still accounts for 37 pct of Germany's electric power production and more than 30 pct of its heating.
(Source: EuroStat, France 24, Mar., 2019)
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The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).
The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This will help Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet.
A major priority is energy efficiency as a part of a low-carbon economy. Here, so-called Energy Performance Contracts, or EPCs for short, can help mobilise private investment and expertise in energy efficiency in public sector buildings. Energy Performance in buildings is part of the legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans" -- a key element for achieving a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.
The Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts is available HERE. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR 8 May, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Sara Soumillion, firstname.lastname@example.org; EIB, Tim Smit , email@example.com, www.eib.org
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Under the 28 member trading bloc's current budget, $246.7 billion -- 20 pct of the budget -- is presently being spent out to 2020 on combating climate change through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, and other carbon reduction schemes.
(Source: European Commission, EuroStat, EU Newsroom, 6 May, 2018)Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
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According to EuroStat, Malta had the largest increase at 12.8 pct followed by Estonia 11.3 pct, Bulgaria 8.3 pct, Spain at 7.4 pct and Portugal at 7.3 pct.
The best performing countries in cutting CO2 emissions were Finland -5.9 pct, Denmark -5.8 pct, the UK at -3.2 pct, and Ireland at -2.9 pct.
Portugal's CO2 emissions represent 1.5 pct of the EU total, where Germany is the largest contributor at 23 pct..
(Source: EuroStat, TPN/Lusa, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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The funding is expected to help establish a small business renovations market worth up to €120 billion, support up to 220,000 jobs, and help lift 3.2 million European families out of energy poverty by taking some of the risk out of energy efficiency investments in the buildings sector and offering assistance with project development for households unable to finance and execute residential energy efficiency projects. (Source: Eurostat, European Commission, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org
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The funding package could mobilize an additional €2 billion in funding as Member States also make use of other EU funding sources.
In related news, Eurostat announced that Europe's 2016 primary energy consumption was 4 pct above the EU's 2020 target to reduce energy consumption by 20 pct below business as usual projections by 2020. Final energy consumption exceeded the target by 2 pct. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR, IISD, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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Complete legislation governing EU biofuels and bioenergy from 2020-2030 be agreed upon by all EU member states.
(Source: EC, EU Eurostat, Argus, Others, Oct., 2017) Contact: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu
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In 2016, carbon emissions dropped by 0.4 pct compared to 2015, but in 2015, CO2 emissions had increased by 0.7 pct compared to 2014, which means
that for the second consecutive year the EU's carbon emissions are sightly higher than in 2014, according to Eurostat. CO2 emissions account for approximately 80 pct of all of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to potentially disastrous climate change.
(Source: Eurostat, May,2017)Contact: Eurostat, http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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Despite reducing its CO2 emissions, the UK still accounted for 11.7 pct of total EU emissions in 2016, Poland, France, Italy and Germany made up the top five with 9.2 pct, 9.8 pct, 10.1 pct, and 22.9 pct in that order.
The Eurostat figures are early estimates based on monthly energy statistics and may slightly differ from those published nationally. (Source: Eurostat, The Actuary, Others, May, 2017) Contact: Eurostat, ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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EU member states with emissions increases in 2016 include Finland (+8.5 pct), Cyprus (+7 pct), Slovenia (+5.8 pct ) and Denmark (+5.7 pct).
(Source: Eurostat, Malta Today, 4 May, 2017)
Contact: Eurostat, ec.europa.eu/eurostat
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The report seeks to identify the expected challenges being faced and soon to be faced by grid operators in integrating variable renewable energies (VRE) and to identify solutions to these same challenges.
According to the report, variable renewable energy reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten countries in 2015 -- including at least 50 pct in Denmark, and around 20 pct in Ireland, Spain, and Germany. This has recently been confirmed by new figures from the European Union's Eurostat which highlighted the region's progress towards ensuring at least 20 pct of the EUs energy consumption comes from renewable energy sources.
The report identifies four stages of VRE deployment and integration, each with its own specific characteristics and operational priorities. The report also attempts to specifically identify the challenges throughout each of the four phases, and provide solutions.