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Europe doubles the share of renewable energy in a decade

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In response to EU target requiring a share of 20% renewables by 2020, renewable energy in Europe has almost doubled in a decade.

The share of renewable energy in the EU has almost doubled over the past decade, from 5.4% to 9% between 1999 and 2009, while the proportion of energy provided by oil, solid fuel and nuclear all fell over the same period. These were the findings released this month by EU statistic produced by Eurostat at the start of EU Sustainable Energy Week.

All 27 member states increased their share of renewable energy over the period, with the largest increases coming from Denmark, where the renewable sector grew from meeting 8% of energy demand to 17% by 2009.

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