EU hits interim renewables targets, but further effort still required
Steady growth in the use of renewable energy sources (RES) enabled the EU to meet hit its interim RES targets for 2015, research by the European Environment Agency (EEA), published on Monday 3 April has found. RES accounted for 16.7% of final EU energy use in 2015, up from 16% in 2014. This steady growth in RES allowed the EU to meet the indicative trajectory for 2014 and 2015 set out in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) as well as the expected trajectory set out in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPS) adopted by countries. The EEA did however caution that the EU, and its member states, will need to intensify their climate and energy efforts to hit 2030 targets.