Renewable sources supplied 16% of the European Union’s (EU’s) final energy consumption during 2014, according to new figures from the European Commission.

The contribution from renewables has increased from 15% in 2013 and 8.5% in 2004, when the Eurostat agency began recording the data.

The EU has set a target of increasing the amount of power generated by renewables to 20% by 2020.

Within the 20% overall total, each member state has set individual targets, with nine countries – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Finland and Sweden – having already hit their own targets.

UK at 7%

Austria and Denmark are within one percentage point of hitting their targets.

Sweden produces the highest fraction of its power from renewables with 52.6%, followed by Finland and Latvia both at 38.7%, then Austria with 33.1% and Denmark with 29.2%.

At the other end of the scale, Luxembourg has the lowest percentage at 4.5%, followed by Malta at 4.7%, the Netherlands with 5.5%, and the UK at 7%.

> Download Eurostat's figures