The State of Renewable Energies in Europe

EurObserv’ER has released its annual publication ‘The State of Renewable Energies in Europe’, a synthesis of the Technology Barometers published during 2010 (with data up to and including 2009). The publication gives detailed capacity and energy performance data for all 27 Member States of the European Union for all renewable energy technologies.

Key data for the year 2009:
Renewable energy share of gross final energy consumption in EU-27: 11.6%
Renewable energy share in total electricity consumption in EU-27: 18.2%
Renewable energy employment in EU-27: 912 thousand jobs
Renewable energy turnover in EU-27: 120 billion euro

The document is available for free download (see pp.46-51 and 137-141 for HPs).

EurObserv’ER is the first in disclosing an estimate for the renewable energy share of gross final energy consumption in 2009, calculated at 11.6% compared to 10.4% in 2008. This increase of 1.2 percentage points results in a renewable energy consumption contribution of 131.7 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2009 (up 6.3 Mtoe) of a total of 1,136.4 Mtoe in real terms. One important element of this result is that over half the growth in the share observed in 2009, despite impressive growth in some renewable sectors, cannot be attributed to the rise in renewably-sourced final energy consumption alone (EurObserv’ER data) but instead stems from the plunge in total gross final energy consumption based on the drop in gross inland energy consumption.

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