Facts & Figures

Facts & Figures

There are no less than 2,397 European REScoops, located mainly in Western Europe. REScoop.eu now represents about 50%of them and we intend to increase that number. There are very few REScoops in Central and Eastern Europe due to unfavourable support mechanisms for renewables, and because the word “cooperative” is still easily associated with communism. The most popular European REScoop countries are Germany, Denmark and Austria. Today REScoop.eu represents 1,240 initiatives and 650,000 citizens active in the energy transition. Ever since their start-up our members have jointly invested 2 billion euro in production installations for renewable energy. These installations have a production capacity of 1 GW. The combined annual turnover of our members is as high as 950 million euro, and they provide sustainable jobs for more than 1,100 European citizens. REScoop.eu is now working hard to collect more facts and figures on our movement. The German and the Dutch federation have already published results of their national surveys. The Environment Agency (ADEME) recently published a report covering the community-owned RES projects in France.

The available data on energy citizens is limited. In order to help remedy this, the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF), Friends of the Earth Europe, Greenpeace and the European Federation for Renewable Energy Cooperatives (REScoop.eu) commissioned environmental research institute CE Delft to calculate the potential of energy citizens in Europe to produce renewable electricity and demand response. The report uses Greenpeace’s Energy [R]evolution scenario, which models a global energy system based entirely on renewable energy by 2050, and draws on existing data on energy citizens in European member states.

The report estimates the number of energy citizens that exist today and that could exist in 2030 and 2050 in individual member states and in the EU as a whole if the right conditions are in place. It shows that over 264 million European citizens or half of all citizens in the European Union could produce their own energy in 2050. These energy citizens could produce 611 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in 2030 and 1,557 TWh by 2050. This means that in 2030 energy citizens could deliver 19% of Europe's electricity demand and 45% in 2050. This is a significant contribution to achieving the EU’s 2030 renewable energy target and moving towards a 100% renewable future.