The Guardian is reporting that European Union countries are right on track to meet their 2020 renewable energy targets and emissions cuts but could fall short of ambitious longer-term goals, as stated by the European Environment Agency.
According to Hans Bruyninckx, EEA executive director, certain trends are quite alarming, specifically for the transport sector. Renewable energy use in this sector remains insufficient and greenhouse gas emissions are rising again.
The EU 2020 target calls for 20% of gross final energy consumption to be from renewable sources and that number has gone up to 16.4% in 2015 from 16% in 2014 according to initial estimates. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions grew slightly in 2015 but the increase came after a warm winter the previous year. This also led to lower energy demand for heating.
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