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EU countries already hitting some of their sustainable energy targets for 2030

(The Guardian, 28 Feb 2024) Study finds ‘systematic progress’ achieved in 2010s with some states reaching targets a decade early.

Several European countries hit some of their sustainable energy targets for 2030 a decade early, a study has found, but big gaps remain across the board.

All EU member states made progress in the 2010s toward reaching the UN’s seventh sustainable development goal, which calls for access to “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” by 2030. For some indicators, several countries had already reached the targets by 2021, the study by Polish economists published on Wednesday found.

The ranking showed the country closest to the overall goal was Sweden, followed by Denmark, Estonia and Austria. Malta improved the most, with big gains also found in Cyprus, Latvia and Belgium – though these countries all had a long way to go. Bulgaria was furthest from the goal.

The study reveals “systematic progress” towards reaching the goal, the researchers wrote, “with differences between individual EU countries clearly decreasing”.

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The Guardian, 28 Feb 2024: EU countries already hitting some of their sustainable energy targets for 2030