Last year's Copenhagen climate talks may have been a dismal failure, but the EU is pulling out all the stops to meet its goal of meeting 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. In fact, some European countries appear to have already passed this mark. If renewable energy projects continue at their current pace, it is estimated that 34% of the EU's energy needs will be met by renewable methods by 2020. This is amazing progress, and wind power has had a huge role on the continent.
Countries like Finland, Sweden, Romania, and Slovenia are all on target to surpass the goal set for 2020. While some countries are struggling, the majority is more than making up for it and the E.U. has emerged as a global leader. Time for the rest of the world to take note.
Photo: Clouds form in the wake of the front row of wind turbines at the Horns Rev offshore wind farm near Denmark. (Aeolus)