We must understand developments globally to become stronger locally.
Two particular references I would like to mention in this context. The conclusions, which one can draw from these statistics and overviews, are straightforward and I leave this up to the individual reader.
IEA: Energy Technology RD&D Budgets 2020
I can really recommend the reader to look at IEA’s Energy Technology RD&D Budgets 2020.
These overviews include data on budgets in specific IEA member countries and the database shows RD&D budgets and various indicators. One ought to be cautious when interpreting the absolute figures. Nevertheless, it shows the money being spent on national level and in which areas.
With compliments to the IEA who states on their website: “The complete IEA Energy Technology RD&D Budget Database can be accessed for free through IEA Data Services by logging in as GUEST. Please see the documentation, manual, or questionnaire for additional information.”.
For more information on this wealth of information provided by IEA, please click here.
Share of renewable energy in EU member states (source: Eurostat Statistics)
The “Eurostat Statistics Explained” provide useful and clear insights.
For instance, the Renewable energy statistics give the following results:
- Share of renewable energy nearly doubled between 2004 and 2018.
- In 2018, renewable energy represented 18.9% of energy consumed in the EU, compared with 9.6% in 2004 – the 2020 target is 20%.
- The share of energy from renewable sources used in transport activities in the EU reached 8.3% in 2018.
If one views how the Netherlands is doing in all of this, the following results:
- Netherlands takes last (27th) place in the graph presented by Eurostat on “Share of energy from renewable sources in the EU Member States (2018, in % of gross final energy consumption)” – click here.
- A more positive picture for the Netherlands (4th place measured from the top) is viewed when studying the graph “Share of energy from renewable sources in transport (2018, in % of gross final energy consumption)” – click here.
As a Dutchman, but very much being the European and mostly the global citizen for ecological issues, I obviously want my country to do much better in what I’ve extracted from the Eurostat data. Hence, some of the key questions should be; why are the other countries doing ‘better’, and what’s hindering us from performing as requested? What can we learn from the top performers on our national, regional and local levels? These questions stimulate the international cooperation in large implementation projects. Where organisations from many countries with good diversity are participating. And once finished, we share the lessons learnt and best practices.
For more information on the Eurostat statistics, please click here.