Renewable energy share in European Union increased to 11,6% in 2009

editor, 23 February 2011

The new EurObserv'ER report "The state of renewable energy in Europe" presents an estimate for the share of renewable energy in overall energy consumption in Europe. This share is estimated at 11.6% for 2009, compared to 10.4% in 2008. EurObserv'ER is a cooperation body of experts in the field of renewable energy that reports at national and European level, in support of European policy.

The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is a consortium partner in the EurObserv’ER project and contributes with various activities, including supplying Dutch figures on the development of renewable energy in the previous year. As well as the figures on turnover and employment in this sector. Those figures for the Netherlands are reflected in the January report issued by ECN.

The increase of 1.2 percentage points of the renewable energy share in gross final energy consumption results in a renewable energy consumption of 131.7 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2009 (up 6.3 Mtoe) of a total of 1136.4 Mtoe in real terms. This result of the growth in the share observed in 2009, despite impressive growth in some renewable sectors, cannot be attributed to the rise in renewably-sourced final energy consumption alone but instead stems for more than half from a drop in total gross final energy consumption.

Key data

Moreover the report presents for the year 2009 in the EU the following key data:

- Renewable energy share in total electricity consumption: 18.2%

- Renewable energy employment: 912 thousand jobs

- Renewable energy turnover: 120 billion euro


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