Latvia a laggard on use of renewables in transport

Latvia's is one from bottom of the European Union when it comes to using renewable energy resources in its transport mix according to Eurostat figures published February 5. 

Sweden (29.2%) is by far the EU country with the highest share of renewables in transport and has already achieved the 2030 target. Finland (18.8%) also shows a very high share, although it would still need to increase by around 10 pp, should it choose the 2030 target set in terms of share of renewables.

The two Nordic countries are followed by The Netherlands, Malta, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Germany and Spain, all of them with a share of around 10%. 

On the other hand, the lowest shares were registered in Croatia (2.4%), Latvia (3.1%), and Greece (4.1%).

The largest increases from 2021 to 2022 were recorded in Germany (+1.9 pp), the Netherlands (+1.8 pp), and Hungary (+1.6 pp), but even if sustained until 2030 those rates are insufficient to reach the target. On the other hand, the highest decreases were registered in Croatia (-4.6 pp), Latvia (-3.3 pp) and Slovenia (-2.8 pp). 

Renewable energy sources consumed in transport include liquid biofuels (e.g. biodiesel complying with certain sustainability and greenhouse gas saving criteria), biomethane (i.e. gas from renewable origin) and the part of renewable electricity consumed in road and rail transport. 

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