Of all EU countries, the Netherlands is furthest from achieving the 2020 renewable energy targets. In 2017, 6.6 percent of the energy generated came from renewable sources such as wind turbines and solar panels. According to the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, this share must be at least 14 percent by the year 2020.
Eleven EU member states have already achieved the renewable energy targets set for 2020. Sweden takes the lead and generates more than half (54.5 percent) of its energy from renewable sources. This is well above the 49‑percent target. In Finland, Latvia, Austria and Denmark, sustainable energy shares exceed 30 percent.