European Energy Targets 2020

[Text and Figure from SEAI – Energy in Ireland 1990 – 2014; 2015 Report; Report prepared by Energy Policy Statistical Support Unit – November 2015] LINK


At present the EU has energy targets for 2020 to combat climate change.

Since the publication of the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) the following are the European mandatory targets:

  • 20% for all energy to come from renewable energy sources by 2020: 20% efficiency improvement, 20% renewable energy penetration and 20% greenhouse-gas emissions reduction. This target is not currently binding and a method for calculating the national targets has not been finalised by the European Commission (EC). Different targets are given to each member state in order to achieve this overall target for Europe.
  • Ireland’s target is 16% of gross final consumption is to come from renewables by 2020 as stated above. Ireland sets out in the 2007 Government White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland, a target for a 20% improvement in energy efficiency across the whole economy by 2020. 10% of all transport energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.
  • The White Paper also states an ambition to surpass the EU target of 20% with an indicative target of 30% energy efficiency by 2020. The public service is to take an exemplar role in energy efficiency, with a savings target of 33% by 2020.
  • Ireland new White Paper on Energy is due for publication in December, 2015.


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