The European Union is making steady progress towards its 2020renewable energy target, a key effort in curbing the greenhouse gasemissions blamed for global warming, official data showed Monday. Scroby Sands wind farm off the coast of Norfolk, England, pictured on August 27, 2008 Renewables– predominantly wind but including tidal and biomass sources as well– accounted for 14.1 percent of the EU’s energy consumption in 2012, upfrom 13 percent in 2011, the Eurostat statistics bureau said. TheEU has set itself a 20-percent target for renewable energy use by theyear 2020, part of its overall “Europe 2020” strategy of sustainableeconomic growth. Eurostat said of the 28 member states, Swedencontinues to lead the field, with 51 percent of its energy coming fromrenewables, up from almost 39 percent 10 years ago when the EU averagewas 8.3 percent. Latvia on 35.8 percent was the next best performer, followed by Finland on 34.3 percent and Austria 32.1 percent. Amongthe lowest ranked were Malta at just 1.4 percent, Luxembourg with 3.1percent, Britain with 4.2 percent and the Netherlands with 4.5 percent.