Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union have released their long-awaited publication on renewable energy consumption in the twenty-eight EU member states for 2012.
Revealed at the end of last month, this new report takes the full calendar year of 2012 into account, producing a fascinating insight into the commercial energy market for Europe, with chance to see not only how other countries on the continent are managing and consuming renewable energy.
The headline news from the report showed that consumption of renewable energy was up in 2012, hitting a record high of 14% of all energy consumption in the EU28.
Over the last eight years, that represents a 5.8% increase from the total in 8.3% in 2004 – the first year from which the data was recorded by Eurostat.
Despite leaning heavy pressure on a number of member states to meet a renewable energy benchmark by 2020, the European Union will see this promising progress as justification for the initiative which has cause no small amount of tension in some nations thanks to the economic crisis.