Infographic: Focus on renewable energy

Renewables are on the rise across Europe, but the UK is among the countries struggling to meet their EU target, the latest data from Eurostat shows.

Climate campaigners have called on EU leaders to address a slowdown in renewable energy growth after the latest official figures indicated the bloc’s 2020 target could be at risk.

The figures, published by the EU’s statistics body Eurostat in January ahead of the UK’s exit from the bloc, show the share of energy from renewable sources in the UK had risen to 11% in 2018, short of a 2020 target of 15%.

Campaigners said that while the renewable energy share on average in the EU continues to go up – from 17.5% in 2017 to 18% in 2018 – it is not rising fast enough for the bloc to meet its 2020 target of 20%.

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