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Environment: Luxembourg lags Europe in renewable energy production and has missed its 2020 targets by a fifth, an EU body has reported.
The Grand Duchy was one of the worst performers in Europe’s green energy plan, having missed its target by roughly 20%, an EU agency has found.
Luxembourg’s total renewable energy source share in 2013 was 3.1%, the second lowest figure in the EU28, according to the European Environment Agency.
Luxembourg’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan, a legally binding programme that was published in 2010, had called for the Grand Duchy’s share of renewable energy sources to have reached 3.9% by 2013.
The Grand Duchy only bested Malta (1.8%) and the bottom five were rounded out by the Netherlands (4.8%), UK (4.9%) and Belgium (7.4%), the EEA said in a report.
By comparison, Germany produced 13.9% of its total energy from renewable sources and France’s rate was 13.7%. The best performing countries were Sweden (56%), Latvia (36%), Finland (34.9%), Austria (34.5%) and Denmark (27.5%).
The EU28 average was 14.9%, ahead of Europe’s overall goal of 13.7% by 2013.
Under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, Luxembourg is meant to produce 11% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2020. That is the second lowest figure in Europe (behind Malta’s 10% target). The overall figure for Europe should be 20%.
However the Grand Duchy did lead Europe in one category: the proportion that “renewable transport fuels” represented in the country’s green energy portfolio. The environment agency said that in 2013, the figure was 39% in Luxembourg, compared to “1% or less” in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Portugal and Spain.