Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Renewable energy in the EU: Why?

The Guardian has yet another article about renewable energy targets in Europe.

Renewable energy in the EU: which countries are set to reach their targets? | News | guardian.co.uk:
• all member states increased their share of renewable energy in total consumption between 2006-2010. The EU has increased from 9% in 2006 to 12.4% in 2010
So I checked Ontario's figures (page 42 of part 3 of the 2012 National Inventory Report), and was shocked - I say, I say, I say, shocked - to see Ontario's share of renewable energy in total consumption had fallen between 2006 and 2010.

Oh ... the international humility!
In search of some speck of accomplishment I looked at our emissions performance from 2006-2010.

Ontario's Greenhouse Gas emissions in the sector declined ~34% over that time.

How did the EU do on that metric?
Bonus question:
What does the discrepancy indicate?

1 comment:

  1. The EU are real hazy when it comes to renewable energy figures. They're very focused on corporations and governments which is all well and good but they don't realise that the war against global warming will be won in the streets and roads of the general public. If they launched a scheme and convinced every person to buy even just one domestic wind turbine, they would smash their targets with consummate ease.