The UK, Ireland and Luxembourg are at risk of missing their 2020 renewable energy targets.

Data from the European Commission showed the UK is falling short of its promises to provide 30% electricity, 12% heat, and 10% transport from renewables by 2020.

The former House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Select Committee had previous said the UK was meeting less than half of its heat target and that renewable fuels in transport had been capped at 4.75%.

Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, said: “This is a wake-up call to our Government, which for the past two years has introduced policy changes that have slowed deployment of renewables in the heat, transport, and power sectors.”

EU as a whole on course

Figures released by the European Commission showed that the European Union (EU) is on course to hit its overall 2020 targets, despite the UK lagging behind.

But France and the Netherlands may need to ratchet up their efforts if the EU is to hit its targets of renewables providing 20% of power and 10% of transport fuels.

Renewables accounted for 16.4% of overall energy consumption in 2015, the report said.

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