Hungary meets 2020 energy target despite falling share of renewables
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Increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix is one of the cornerstones of the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy, with 20% targeted by 2020 and at least 27% by 2030. It has already doubled the figure from just 8.5% in 2004.
Source: EurostatIndividual member states have set wildly varying targets in their respective national action plans, so while Latvia has yet to meet its own 40% target despite renewables reaching a 37.2% share in its energy mix, Hungary met its rather unambitious 13% target years ago in 2013. The only member states with lower targets are Luxembourg (11%) and Malta (10%), while Belgium, the Czech Republic and Cyprus set 13%.
Source: EurostatThe Eurostat data do not detail what types of renewable energy each country used, but we know that Hungary covers 80 to 90% of its renewable quota by biomass-based energy production, which has come under fire as not being actually “clean".