Member States are required under Article 22 of the Renewable Energy Directive to submit progress reports to the European Commission every two years on performance against their interim renewable energy targets.
This third report covers performance against the 2013/2014 interim target. It follows a template provided by the Commission and pulls together a range of statistical data for 2013 and 2014, including data on renewable energy generation and consumption broken down between renewable electricity, heat and transport sectors, biomass use, commodity prices and greenhouse gas savings.
The report shows that:
- The UK is making good progress towards the 2020 Renewable Energy Target. We exceeded the amount of renewable energy required by our 2013/14 interim target, reaching 6.3% of total energy compared with a target of 5.4%.
- Almost a fifth of electricity was generated from renewables in 2014; the UK remains on track to reach its ambition of 30% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
- Heat from renewable sources increased by 4.6% during 2014 to reach 2,376 ktoe.
- The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) has delivered significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions and the use of biofuels in transport rose by 14% to reach 1,179 ktoe.