Sweden has once again topped a European league table of renewable energy consumption while the UK remains locked in the bottom three.

The rankings calculate the share of renewables in the gross energy consumption of all 27 European Union countries.

In Sweden, this figure was 46.9 per cent, far ahead of second placed Latvia with 34.3 per cent and third ranked Finland with 33.6 per cent.

The table – compiled by a European Commission body and covering energy use in 2010 – is propped up by Malta, with 0.3 per cent, Luxembourg on 2.6 per cent and the UK with 3.3 per cent.

Although most countries recorded a rise in renewable energy consumption, some suffered a drop, including The Netherlands, which fell from 4 per cent in 2009 to 3.8 per cent.

Germany, which is in the early stages of its nuclear phase out, was ranked 15th with a rise from 9.3 per cent in 2009 to 10.7 per cent.

The biggest rise was in seventh-placed Denmark, which went up from 19.2 per cent to 23 per cent.

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