UK Consumption of Renewable Energy Lags Behind Other European Countries

Source: Desmog UK


The UK consumes a smaller proportion of renewable energy than most of its European neighbours, new data shows.

Government figures recently released show 8.9 percent of total energy consumption came from renewable sources in 2016. The share of renewable energy consumed in the UK has risen sharply since 2010 and, according to the government report, the UK has gone beyond its 7.5 percent provisional target during 2015/2016 by growing its use of renewable sources to 8.5 percent.

But when looking at the data in light of other European countries’ renewable share, a different picture starts to emerge that shows the UK lagging behind.