Latvia is again the third EU Member State to celebrate its national Bioenergy Day. According to Eurostat statistics and calculations by the European biomass association Bioenergy Europe, bioenergy accounts for 32 percent of Latvian final energy use. This corresponds to 115 of the 365 days of the year or from September 7 to the year-end that Latvia can run on bioenergy only.
Bioenergy is the EU’s largest renewable energy source, providing more energy than hydro, wind, solar and geothermal energy combined. According to Eurostat data and calculations by Bioenergy Europe, bioenergy will account for 12 percent of the EU’s final energy supply in 2018, while all other renewable energy sources will reach 7 percent.
However, 81 percent of EU’s energy comes from non-renewable sources, mainly fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas. For the EU as a whole, the European Bioenergy Day 2018 will be celebrated on November 19, as bioenergy for the entire EU accounts for 43 of 365 days of energy supply.
Just like last year, Latvia is the third EU Member State to celebrate its national Bioenergy Day, “three days” earlier than in 2017 according to Bioenergy Europe. Also like last year Latvia is preceded by Sweden (37%) and Finland (34%) and followed by Estonia (28%) and Denmark (27%).
European Bioenergy Day
The European Bioenergy Day campaign is powered by Bioenergy Europe and relayed across Europe by both national and international partners supporting the belief that bioenergy is more than a renewable energy source, but a reliable path that will lead Europe to achieve its renewable energy transition in the shortest span of time.