Croatian Center of Renewable energy Sources

EU Targets by 2020


The Directive on renewable energy sets ambitious targets for all Member States, such that the EU will reach a 20% share of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and a 10% share of renewable energy specifically in the transport sector.

It also improves the legal framework for promoting renewable electricity, requires national action plans that establish pathways for the development of renewable energy sources including bioenergy, creates cooperation mechanisms to help achieve the targets cost effectively and establishes the sustainability criteria for biofuels.


Related documents can be found in the background documents and the first steps in implementation are indicated on the transparency platform, including the national renewable energy action plans .

National targets

National overall share and targets for the share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy in 2020

Renewable energy %*
2005 2009 (prov.) 2020 target
Austria 23,3 29.2 34
Belgium 2,2 3.8 13
Bulgaria 9,4 11.5 16
Cyprus 2,9 3.8 13
Czech Rep 6,1 8.5 13
Denmark 17 19.7 30
Estonia 18 22.7 25
Finland 28,5 29.8 38
France 10,3 12.4 23
Germany 5,8 9.7 18
Greece 6,9 7.9 18
Hungary 4,3 9.5 13
Ireland 3,1 5.1 16
Italy 5,2 7.8 17
Latvia 32,6 36.8 40
Lithuania 15 16.9 23
Luxembourg 0,9 2.8 11
Malta 0 0.7 10
Netherlands 2,4 4.2 14
Poland 7,2 9.4 15
Portugal 20,5 25.7 31
Romania 17,8 21.6 24
Slovak Rep 6,7 10 14
Slovenia 16 17.5 25
Spain 8,7 13 20
Sweden 39,8 50.2 49
UK 1,3 2.9 15
EU27 8,5 11.6 20


Summary of Member States’ progress

It shows that the 2020 renewable energy policy goals are likely to be met and exceeded if Member States fully implement their national renewable energy action plans and if financing instruments are improved. It also stresses the need for further cooperation between Member States and a better integration of renewable energy into the single European market. Estimates indicate that such measures could lead to 10 billions Euros savings each year.

National Renewable Energy Action Plans

Article 4 of the renewable energy Directive (2009/28/EC) requires Member States to submit national renewable energy action plans by 30 June 2010. These plans, to be prepared in accordance with the template published by the Commission, provide detailed roadmaps of how each Member State expects to reach its legally binding 2020 target for the share of renewable energy in their final energy consumption.

Member States must set out the sectoral targets, the technology mix they expect to use, the trajectory they will follow and the measures and reforms they will undertake to overcome the barriers to developing renewable energy. The plans are published below upon receipt in the original language, allowing public scrutiny. The Commission will evaluate them, assessing their completeness and credibility. In parallel, the plans will be translated into English and added to this page. In addition, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands was contracted by the European Environment Agency to create an external database and quantitative report of the reports receivedso far.

Member State


Notice: In general, each of the reports has been submitted in the language of the respective Member State, which is the sole authentic version. Translations into the English language are being provided for information purposes only. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the data or information provided in these translations, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

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Croatian Center of Renewable Energy Sources (CCRES)