The UK is languishing third-bottom of the European renewable energy league, published today.
The share of renewable energy in the UK's final energy consumption was just 3.3%, slightly ahead of only two other of the European Union's 27 member states, Malta and Luxembourg.
The report also reveals that out of all the European nations, the UK has the biggest gap to bridge to achieve the legally binding 2020 target of sourcing 15% of the country's energy mix from renewables.
The UK needs to increase its energy share from renewables by 11.7% over the next 9 years.
Sweden topped the league with 46.9% of the national energy mix sourced from renewable technology, followed by Latvia (34.3%), Finland (33.6%), Austria (30.7%) and Portugal (24.7%).
The European Commission statistics were revealed today as part of the EurObserv'ER project.
The figures show that across Europe the renewable energy share accounts for 12.4% of overall gross final energy consumption, compared to 11.5% in 2009 – a 0.9 point year-on-year increase compared to 2009.
The increase is related to a bigger gross consumption of final energy from renewable sources, 145 Mtoe (against 131,6 Mtoe in 2009) for a gross final energy consumption of 1170.7 Mtoe (against 1146.3 Mtoe in 2009).
According to today's report, gross consumption of final energy from renewable sources increased by 10.2% (+ 13.4 Mtoe), as against a 2.1% increase (+24.4 Mtoe) of the overall gross final energy consumption.
Renewable energy share in electricity consumption was 19.8% in 2010, compared to 18.2% in 2009 and the renewable energy share of domestic energy consumption was 9.9% in 2010, compared to 9.1% in 2009.
The report states that EU nations need to produce an extra hundred Mtoe of final energy from renewable sources to achieve the overall 2020 target of renewable energies in EU-27 final energy gross consumption, which equates to an extra annual average of 10 Mtoe of final energy from renewable sources.