Bioenergy's role in the EU-28 energy mix

The share of energy from renewable sources in the EU-28’s gross final energy consumption (16,66%) slightly increased in 2015 when compared with 2014 (16,13%). Bioenergy represents 10% of the total energy in 2015 and 61,34% of the renewable energy consumed.

However, this upward trend is overshadowed by two conflicting observations. Following the economic recovery observed in 2015, the consumption of non-renewable energy sources also increased in 2015, breaking a continuously decreasing trend observed over the last 5 years. On the other hand, the renewable energy consumption slow down – the increasing rate between 2010 and 2015 was lower than the growth from 2005 to 2010. As in the same time EU-28 renewables investment hits 10-year low. According to the REN21 “Renewables 2017 Global Status Report”, Europe investment in clean energy fell by 21% in 2015, reaching its lowest since 2006. In this context, even if the EU-28 seems to be on track to reach and possibly overpass its 20% renewable energy share by 2020, efforts should not stop here as fossil energy remains largely predominant (83%). The EU renewable energy industry, including AEBIOM, is actively involved in the debate for setting the EU renewable energy framework for the period post-2020 and is calling for ambitious targets and measures in the Clean Energy Package to ensure that renewables will continue to develop at a sufficient path to allow the EU to reach its commitments under the Paris Agreement. This is why AEBIOM support a 2030 renewable energy target of at least 35%. The governance system should be clear and strong to make sure that their targets are effectively reached.

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