Eurostat: Cyprus’ share of renewables in transport at 7.2% in 2022

In 2022, the share of renewable energy sources in transport in Cyprus stood at 7.2%, not having changed compared to 2021, while the EU average increased by 0.5 percentage points (pp) from 9.1% in 2021 to 9.6% in 2022, according to data released by Eurostat.

The share of renewables used in transport in Cyprus fell compared to 2020, when it had increased to 7.4%, its highest level since 2013. The highest share recorded in Cyprus before 2020 had been recorded in 2019 (3.3%).

Despite the increase recorded at the EU level, the share recorded in 2022 was still 0.7 pp below the highest level ever reached in 2020 (10.3%). The highest share before that had been recorded in 2019 (8.8%).

The member states of the EU have agreed on a target of reaching a share of 29% for renewable energy in transport by 2030, or to achieve a greenhouse gas intensity reduction in transport of at least 14.5 % by 2030.

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.

Among member states, Sweden (29.2%) was by far the EU country with the highest share of renewables in transport in 2022. Finland (18.8%) also had a very high share, followed by the Netherlands, Malta, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Italy, Germany and Spain, all of them with a share of around 10%.

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.

The highest decreases were registered in Croatia (-4.6 pp), Latvia (-3.3 pp) and Slovenia (-2.8 pp).

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