Press release, 21.07.2011
Target of 67.5 percent for Norway’s renewable energy share by 2020
Following talks with the EU Commission, the EFTA countries have now submitted a draft EEA resolution on the renewable energy directive to the EU. The draft lays down a target for Norway’s renewable energy share of 67.5 percent by 2020. This represents an increase of around 9.5 percentage points from 2005.
Renewable energy will thus account for more than two-thirds of Norway’s energy consumption in 2020. This is a far higher proportion than in any EU country.
“I am pleased that the efforts to implement the renewable energy directive have taken a large step forward. This is important, not least in relation to the establishment of the common Norwegian-Swedish electricity certificate market in 2012. I would also like to emphasise that the government shares the EU’s ambitions regarding a strong focus on renewable energy. Norway’s target of 67.5 percent reflects our ambitious policy in this area”, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Ola Borten Moe.
The EU renewable energy directive was adopted in 2009, and will be incorporated into the EEA Agreement. The draft EEA resolution will now be processed in accordance with the normal EU/EEA procedures.