According to a recent report, Romania is one of the 25 Member States of the EU that will fulfil both the national objective set for 2013-2014 (19.7%) and most likely also the one for 2020 (24%) in what regards energy produced from renewable sources. In 2013, Romania already had 23.9% renewable energy of the total of energy used.
The European Commission report on the progress in the field, published on Tuesday, 16 June, indicates that in the whole of the European Union progress has been made towards reaching the objective of growing energy generated from renewable sources to 20% of the total energy used by 2020. With a weight of energy from renewable sources estimated at 15.3% of the gross end use of energy in 2014, the report finds that the EU and the vast majority of Member States are making satisfactory progress.
‘The report shows, again, that the production and consumption of energy produced from renewable sources is a success at a European level. In Europe, the quantity of energy from renewable sources per capita is there times higher than anywhere else in the rest of the world. We have over 1 M people working in the sector of renewable energies and the value of the industry is over EUR 130 bn per year. We export renewable energy worth EUR 35 bn every year’, said Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Policies and Energy.
The EU legislation that promotes the use of energy from renewable sources has been in force ever since 2001, when the first directive on the promotion and use of electricity from renewable sources was adopted. It was followed by the 2013 directive on the use of bio-fuels and other fuels obtained from renewable sources in the transport sector.