14 Feb '12, 11pm

12.4% of Europe Now Powered by Renewable Energy

A new report shows the European Union is continuing to make rapid progress in clean energy: Total gross energy consumption in EU states was 12.4% in 2010, it found, up from 11.5% in 2009. The report, The State of Renewable Energies in Europe , has plenty of good news on other fronts, too. For instance: "The renewable energy sectors, taking all 27 European Union Member States together, have more than 1,114,000 people employed. This is a 25% increase on the 2009 figure". Which, as CleanTechnica notes , is something of a major milestone: For the first time, over 1 million people are employed in the renewable energy sector (note that the report doesn't count nuclear). Here are the notable stats laid out, via the report's release: • Renewable energy share of gross final energy consumption: 12.4% in 2010 (11.5% in 2009) • Renewable energy share in total electricity consumption: ...

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