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The latest figures from the Federal Environment Agency show that Germany is on track for meeting its binding EU renewables target for 2020. Last year, the share of renewables in Germany’s gross final energy consumption grew to approx. 17.1%. This compares to 16.5% in 2018.

Said Peter Altmaier: “The EU renewables target of 18% in 2020 is within reach. Now we must work towards permanent attainment of the targets and continue to expand the share of renewables. The European Green Deal opens up new opportunities in terms of economic policy. We must make good use of these opportunities.”

At EU level, Germany is bound by a renewables target of 18% of its gross final energy consumption by 2020. The remaining gap for this year is only 0.9 percentage points, and the latest forecasts suggest that it will be closed. The forecasts made by the Federal Environment Agency are based on the presumption that the use of renewables will continue to rise whilst Germany’s gross final energy consumption is likely to fall.

The increase in the share of renewables achieved in 2019 was largely due to a greater use of renewables in the electricity sector (2019: 42.1%) and in the heating sector (2019: 14.5%). Germany’s gross final energy consumption remained fairly stable in 2019. A slight fall in industrial energy consumption made up for a slight increase in the commercial, trade, and services sector, and in private homes. The share of renewables in the transport sector remained unchanged (2019: 5.6%).