Eleven EU Countries Have Already Achieved Their 2020 Renewable aim!

EU member states that have already achieved their 2020 renewable energy targets:

 Sweden

Finland

Denmark

Estonia

Croatia

Lithuania

Romania

Bulgaria

Italy

Czech Republic

Hungary

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This is huge. This is really big. They are AHEAD of their targets, and now they can move faster (if they choose to) towards meeting Paris Agreement vows. Small countries lead the way.

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59 minutes ago, franco said:

This is huge. This is really big. They are AHEAD of their targets, and now they can move faster (if they choose to) towards meeting Paris Agreement vows. Small countries lead the way.

small countries, many of whom are insignificant as a percentage of the total global targets?

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Some of them, others vastly overshoot the EU targets. They should get credits for what has been achieved, while still long way to go.

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It depends on your target. It is easy to achieve if you’d like to produce %1 of total production from renewable.

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The EU target is 20%, some of those listed are below that, others well above. Some of them uses about 50% renewable.

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Those are the countries with low population density, no (heavy) industry, and thus a lot of forest and nature.

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Some of them "achieved" the targets, because they not really had serious targets or in some cases are denying the importance of renewable energy. So your list is flawed.

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Latvia, Austria and Portugal might not have achieved them yet, but they have some of the most ambitious targets - and their progress to date is impressive. 30% of national energy consumotion coming from renewable sources. (Source for Damir, Eurostat) 

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Actually for example, the target for Finland is 40% while the target for the entire EU is 20%...It's not so easy criteria as you think

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Ah, so that's why electricity bills are going up and up, and up. But it does my heart good to know that my juice is coming from wind mills, sure it does. Meanwhile, Sofia is a European leader in pollution. So easy to beat yourself on the chest about targets while people pay through the nose to have electricity and suffering chronic pulmonary problems because of the quality of air.

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According to Eurostat,  the European Union is making strides in renewable energy generation with the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption hitting 17 percent in 2016. The EU is aiming to reach 20 percent by 2020 and at least 27 percent by 2030.

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How many countries that signed up to the Paris accord met their targets?

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Generally, this is a list with small countries and maybe goals were set too low? But, it's the proof that we can! 

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Smart move to escape the dilemma between nuclear power and Russian natural gas. Renewables have less risk than the former and keep EU free from Russian influence.

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