EU closer to 2020 green targets

April 26, 2013 at 8:08 AM

BRUSSELS, April 26 (UPI) -- Energy generated from renewable resources in 2011 increased to within 7 percentage points of 2020 targets, the European Union's statistics office said Friday.

Eurostat reported that renewable energy resources contributed 13 percent of the gross energy consumption from the 27 members of the European Union. That's up from 7.9 percent in 2004 and 12.1 percent in 2010.

EU members are committed to getting 20 percent of their energy from renewable resources by 2020.

Sweden led the way in 2011 with 46.8 percent renewable energy generation, though "almost all" of the member states increased their share of green energy, Eurostat reports.

The U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration reported that global oil consumption for countries other than Iran was 85.8 million barrels per day for the March-April average. That's up from the 84.7 million bpd year-on-year.

European members of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development saw their consumption decline by 300,000 bpd during March-April year-on-year.

The International Energy Agency said last week the global economy isn't much clean than it was 20 years despite gains made in renewable energy, however.

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