ECN report on Renewable Energy Action Plans of all 27 European Member States

donderdag 3 februari 2011 15:22

On 31 January 2011, the European Commission presented its ‘Communication on the progress of renewable energy in the European Union’. Among others it shows that the 2020 renewable energy policy goals are likely to be met and even exceeded if Member States fully implement their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) compiled a database and data report on the NREAPs, commissioned by the European Environment Agency (EEA). This report has proven to be useful in accessing and evaluating the renewable energy projections and is referred to in the above-mentioned Communication from the European Commission.

ECN has released a final update of the report on the Renewable Energy Action Plans as submitted to the Commission by the European Member States. The report and the updated database are available from, covering all 27 European Member States. A summary report is available as well.

The report presents detailed data for all 27 EU Member States, including the resulting aggregate EU-27 figures. Parameters presented are: gross final energy consumption, all renewable technologies (renewable electricity, renewable heating and cooling and renewable transport) and per-country summary tables. Moreover, derived indicators allow to compare the country projections on a per-capita or a per-surface base.

EU targets can be met
Europe has committed itself to obtaining 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. An analysis of key data extracted from the NREAP’s shows that renewable energy production is projected to increase from 99 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2005 to 245 Mtoe in 2020 (an average annual growth rate of 6% per year). According to the action plans the strongest growth will occur in wind power, solar electricity, geothermal heat, heat pumps and biofuels. In fact, the EU will even slightly exceed its 20% renewable energy target (0.7%), if all Member States follow the trajectory they have outlined in their plans.

The EEA has supported the compilation of the data report and the database that holds key data from all the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). By publicly offering these data, the audience is encouraged to conduct its own analysis and to use the data for other purposes. Based on the evaluation of the data, the ECN/EEA report indicates that:

· Electricity will make up 42% of total renewable energy production, with wind power supplying 41% of renewable electricity;
· 46 % of all renewable energy production will be used for heating and cooling, with biomass accounting for 78 % renewable heating and cooling output;
· Transport will account for the smallest proportion of renewable energy production (12 %), but is the fastest growing demand sector between 2005 and 2020.

The figures in the database are all available as separate image files. The figure below highlights the projected breakdown in renewable energy consumption for all 27 European Member States by the year 2020, based on the findings of the report.

Projected renewable energy consumption breakdown for all 27 European Member States by the year 2020, as published in 27 separate NREAP documents. Figure from cited report (high-quality image file is available via

More information
For more information please contact:
Luuk Beurskens, email:; Phone +31 224 56 4789

NREAP database, data report and figures:

Commission Communication on renewable energy of 31 January 2011:

European Commission transparency platform for renewable energy:

European Environment Agency (EEA):



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