Latvia's share of renewable energy in final energy consumption amounted to 37.1 percent in 2013, the second highest in the European Union.

The highest shares of renewable energy in final energy consumption in 2013 were registered in Sweden - 52.1 percent, Latvia, as well as Finland - 36.8 percent, and Austria - 32.6 percent.

The lowest shares were recorded in Luxembourg - 3.6 percent, Malta - 3.8 percent, and the Netherlands - 4.5 percent. Estonia's share amounted to 25.6 percent, the ninth highest, Lithuania's - 23 percent, the seventh highest.

The share of renewable energy in final energy consumption stood at 15 percent in the EU in 2014, compared to just 8.3 percent in 2004. Compared to 2004, the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption grew in all member states except the Netherlands, where the situation has remained unchanged.

The share of renewables in gross final energy consumption is one of the headline indicators of the Europe 2020 strategy. The target to be reached by 2020 for the EU is a share of 20 percent renewable energy use in gross final energy consumption.

Photo: Kārlis Ustups
Latvian Institute, 12.03.2015, EU, Nature