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01.03.2006 | General newsRenewable Energy Sources for Europe
Important role of biomass
Renewable energy sources will play an increasingly important role in securing both the EU's energy supply and sustainable development in the future.
The specific energy targets in the European Union for 2010 (EU-25) are to increase the share of renewable energies from 6% to 12% of gross energy consumption, of green electricity from 14% to 21% of gross electricity production and of liquid biofuels to 5.75% of total fuel consumption.
Amongst renewable energy sources, the biggest contribution (63%) comes from biomass. Today, energy from biomass already contributes to about 4% of the total EU energy supply, predominantly in heat, and to a lesser extent, in combined heat and power (CHP) applications. By 2010, biomass is expected to cover as much as 8% of the total EU energy supply.
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