Experts have warned that the UK could miss its target to get 15% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

New research coordinated by the European Renewable Energy Council found that only three of 11 EU member states are on course to meet their targets: Austria, Italy and Sweden.

The Keep on Track report suggests that Spain, Belgium, Poland and the UK will fail to fulfil their respective pledges.

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) also voiced its concern, pointing to a recent report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The study provisionally suggested that renewables comprised 4.1% of the energy mix in 2012, which the industry body said was behind where it needed to be.

In light of the disappointing news, REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell qualifies that the UK ‘has the most demanding target of all Member States except Malta, and much progress has been made from a low starting point’.

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