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CBS: Sharp increase in the share of renewable energy

CBS: Sharp increase in the share of renewable energy

  • Netherlands
  • According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands, renewable energy constituted 5.6 percent of total Dutch energy consumption in 2014.
  • Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek

This is substantially more than the 4.8 percent of 2013 and the sharpest increase in recent years. The Dutch target is 14 percent renewable energy in 2020.

Share of renewable energy up due to decrease in total consumption

Some 0.5 percent point of the remarkable 0.8 percent point increase of 2014 on 2013 is due to a decrease in total final energy consumption and the rest to an increase in renewable energy consumption. Consumption was lower because less natural gas was consumed due to the warm weather in 2014. The sales of motor fuels also fell sharply.

More renewable heat

Renewable energy is used for heating, electricity and transport. In 2014 the use of renewable energy for heating and transport increased, while the use for electricity remained constant. About half of the use of renewable energy was destined for heating, 40 percent for electricity and over 10 percent for transport.

Increase of biomass in heat boilers in production plants

The consumption of renewable heat increased by about 10 percent in 2014 to 54 petajoules. The largest increase was produced by wood boilers for heating incompanies, in part because this technology is now eligible for subsidies.

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