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: 19.8% in 2010 (18.2% in 2009)
• Renewable energy share of gross inland energy consumption: 9.9% in 2010 (9.1% in 2009)
• Renewable energy based employment: 1.11 million people in 2010 (0.91 million in 2009)
• Renewable energy based economic activity: 127 billion euro (120 billion euro in 2009)

All indicators point to renewable energy in Europe as a robust, vibrant, and persistently fast-growing industry. Nay-sayers and investors take note ...

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