The European Union will meet its 2020 targets on renewables

To meet its target, Italy will have to import from non-EU countries. By 2020, the European Union will meet and possibly exceed the target of generating 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources (wind power, photovoltaic, concentrated solar energy).

The latter was found by a recent report from the EWEA (European Wind Energy Association), based on the analysis forecast documents individually submitted to the European Commission by the 27 member countries.

The overall target will be met following the efforts of 21 countries – out of the 27 EU members – which will manage to meet their national targets. Eight of them (Estonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden) expect to do even better than required by the EU.

Top achiever is Spain, which expects to exceed by almost 3 points its national 20% target, followed by Germany (+0.7% compared to its national 18% target). A good performance is expected from Holland, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom, among others.

Presently, six countries consider that they won’t succeed in meeting the target. They are Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Bulgaria and Denmark. Nevertheless, these last two countries expect to meet the target through new national programmes to be enacted in the coming years.

Italy last in this ranking and, in order to meet its target (17%), it expects that it will to import renewable energy from neighbouring non-EU countries (Albania, Croatia, Serbia and Tunisia).