Renewable energy 16.7% of European Union mix in 2015
National Energy Board pegs Canada at 65% of generation.
BRUSSELS — European Union statistics show that renewable energy sources accounted for 16.7% of the bloc’s consumption in 2015, nearly double the share a decade earlier.
Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) pegs the country’s renewable energy generation at 65% as of 2015 from 60% in 2005. Canada ranked fourth in the world in renewable power production and second in hydro production. Hydro is the dominant source of electricity in Canada, and accounts for nearly 60% of installed capacity and generation in 2015.
Greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation were 11%.
EU statistics agency Eurostat said that renewable energies’ slice of the cake was up from 16.1% in 2014. In 2004, the first year for which data are available, the figure was only 8.5%.
The EU’s target is to reach 20% across the bloc by 2020. Eurostat said that 11 of the 28 EU countries have already reached their own national targets for 2020.
In 2015 Sweden had by far the biggest share of renewable energy, which accounted for 53.9% of its total consumption. Luxembourg and Malta had the smallest share, with only 5% each.
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