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EU Countries Reaching 2030 Sustainability Targets Early

A recent study indicates that several European Union countries have made significant progress towards achieving their sustainability goals set for 2030, as outlined by the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Focusing on Sustainable Development Goal No. 7, which aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all, researchers examined seven indicators from 2010 to 2021 to assess progress.
The indicators included primary energy consumption, final energy consumption, final energy consumption in households per capita, energy productivity, share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption, dependency on energy imports, and the share of the population unable to adequately warm their homes. Many countries, such as Malta, Cyprus, Latvia, Belgium, Ireland, and Poland, demonstrated significant improvements, with Malta showing the most progress. However, Bulgaria remained farthest from achieving the goal, while Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, and Austria were closest to meeting it entirely.
Countries like Sweden, Finland, and Latvia surpassed the 40% target for renewable energy consumption, largely relying on hydropower and solid biofuels. Additionally, Sweden and Estonia met the target for energy import dependency, while Spain, Malta, and Portugal achieved the target for final energy consumption in households per capita. Despite progress, challenges remain, with Greece being the only country to meet the first two indicators by 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic led to fluctuations in energy consumption trends, with some improvements observed in energy efficiency due to pandemic-related measures. However, short-term increases in household energy consumption highlight the need for ongoing monitoring and analysis to ensure progress towards Sustainable Development Goal No. 7 by 2030.




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  • Ann Nyambura

    3 w

    Impressive results and it is a good progress.

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    • Princess

      5 w

      That's really good! EU countries are doing well by reaching their sustainability goals before expected.

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      • dickson mutai

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        A promising progress

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          5 w

          EU has shown great commitments in the fight against climate change, it's leading the way to a more sustainable environment

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          • Joseph Githinji

            5 w

            This is a major milestone for Europe and the globe in the roadmap to achieving sustainability. This are great indicators that we have a greener future if this pace in energy consumption and renewable energy production is maintained.

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            • Munene Mugambi

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              This can be a blueprint for other nations to use in their sustainability agenda as well. It is good to see some nations in Europe taking the green goals seriously and we encourage this to become mainstream

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              • Joseph Githinji

                5 w

                @munene_mugambi This is a great step in the right trajectory, hope more nations will join this noble journey to sustainability.

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              • Chris Ndungu

                5 w

                This banzai advent exhibit a strong pledge to environment as well social responsibility, setting a good example to be followed.

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                • Joseph Githinji

                  5 w

                  @chris_ndungu this is an effort worth emulating.

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                • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                  5 w

                  Good news.EU is doing wonders when it comes to fight against climate change.Other regional blocks should borrow a leave.

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                  • Jane Wangui

                    5 w

                    Any step towards going green taken no.matter how small or how insignificant it may seem...is the right way to go.

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                  • johnte ndeto

                    5 w

                    Every step taken toward a greener, more sustainable future is a step in the right direction for our planet and future generations.

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                    • Joseph Githinji

                      5 w

                      @johnte_ndeto happy to see the EU commited to hiting the deadlines on matters sustainability.

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                    • Felix mokaya

                      5 w

                      Such a great news .EU has been doing a great and a positive progress when it comes to issues related to climate change .I wish EU nothing but the best while working hard to reach its goal set

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                      • Joseph Githinji

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                        @felix_mokaya This are commendable steps, hope other regions in the world will follow suit.

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                      • walter lungayi

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                        This proactive approach demonstrates a strong commitment to environmental and social responsibility, setting a positive example for others to follow.

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                        • Munene Mugambi

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                          @walter_lungayi it also creates a time loop for them to go overboard and overachieve. They can now go ahead and set new goals and set out to achieve them within the same timeline meaning they increase environmental impact in a shorter span of time

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