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UK should meet renewable energy targets

The UK is on track to meet its renewable energy goals, with wind power substituting for gas and coal use and driving down greenhouse gas emissions, according to new analyses, The Guardian has reported.

Gas use fell by more than a fifth between 2005 and 2012 as energy efficiency increased across the economy and green energy took up more of the burden.

Under EU targets, the UK must produce 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. It is one of a small number of big member states judged to be on track to meet all of its energy and climate commitments by the European Environment Agency.

This was confirmed on Thursday by the Office for National Statistics, which found that 15% of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources in 2013.

This puts the country about halfway towards its commitments, because the overall energy target includes transport and heating as well as electricity generation.

For the UK to meet its EU goals, electricity generation from renewable sources will have to increase to above 30% by 2020.

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