The United Kingdom is currently ahead of its renewable energy targets laid out in the 2009 European Union Renewable Energy Directive, according to the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s Digest of UK Energy Statistics.
The report, released annually, indicates that in 2016, renewable energy accounted for 8.9 percent of the country’s energy consumption, up 0.7 percent from 2015, and exceeding interim target of 7.5 percent, averaging 8.5 percent between 2015 and ‘16.
Renewable electricity in general accounted for nearly a quarter of total electricity generation, increasing its share by 2.3 percent from 2015. Its capacity, however, fell by 0.2 percent to 83.2 terawatt-hours in 2016.
Renewable heat accounted for 6.2 percent of total heat consumption, an increase of 0.7 percent from 2015. About 15 percent of renewable heat generated in the U.K. in 2016 was supported by the country’s Renewable Heating Incentive.
To date, over one-third of member states have exceeded 2020 targets, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Finland and Sweden, Denmark and Hungary.
Read more of this report on: Biomass Magazine.