Only 5.5% of energy the Netherlands comes from renewable sources
In fact, only France does worse. The target set for the Netherlands stipulates that 14 percent of total Dutch energy consumption must come from renewable sources.
In 2014 it was only 5.5 percent, i.e. 8.5 percentage points away from the EU target, as Statistics Netherlands reports on the basis of data provided by Eurostat.
In the 2009 EU Directive Renewable Energy, European countries have agreed to commit themselves to renewable energy targets for the year 2020.
The targets vary by country and are based on the share of renewable energy in the base year (2005) plus an increase in the share (expressed in percentage points) of renewable energy which is more or less equal for each country.
Part of the agreement is that the targets are lower for poorer countries and for countries which have made considerable efforts in the past.
The target for the Netherlands is set at 14 percent, based on a 2.5 percent share in the base year plus an increase of 11.5 percentage points.
The renewable energy target for the entire EU in 2020 is set at an average of 20 percent, based on 8.5 percent in the base year plus an increase of 11.5 percentage points.
With 5.5 percent in 2014, the Netherlands is still 8.5 percentage points below the national target of 14 percent for 2020. Within Europe only France is further away from its national target.
One-third of European countries have already reached the agreed targets.
Countries like Denmark and Austria are only 1 percentage point away from the 2020 target. On average, the European countries are 4 percentage points behind the target formulated in the directive. ■