European renewable energy production grows

16 Jul 2010
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The amount of European energy being produced from renewable sources has continued to increase, new statistics show.

According to Eurostat, more than ten per cent of the EU27's power in 2008 came from renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind turbines.

This is up from 8.8 per cent in 2006 and 9.7 per cent in 2007 - but is still some way short of the target of 20 per cent by 2020.

The most productive countries were found to be Sweden - in which almost half of all the energy produced comes from renewable sources - as well as both Latvia and Finland, both of which use around 30 per cent renewable energy.

However, many EU countries can improve their percentages, with Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK all well below just five per cent renewable energy production.

Spain recently became the world's largest producer of solar power after opening up the La Florida plant - which is the largest of its kind on the planet.

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