Renewables overtook fossil fuels in Europe last year

Renewables have overtaken fossil fuels in Europe for the first time!

 

Renewables on the rise! Europe is leaping forward in the race against global warming.Β  And we can thank wind and solar, with wind providing 14% of European electricity, a 9% improvement from 2015. Solar Provided about 5%, which is about 3% better than in 2015.

” In France, wind and solar alone overtook fossils for the first time, marking the next green milestone, which is already met by Denmark and Sweden. The biggest increases were in the Netherlands (40%), Sweden (36%), and Belgium (28%). Many smaller countries not on the graphic continued to see near-zero growth in wind and solar: Austria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, and Slovakia.

“Wind and solar generation grew by 10% in the EU-27 in 2020. Netherlands saw the largest rise in wind and solar generation, as it catches up after years of slow deployment, bringing its wind and solar in line with the European average (19% of electricity production compared to 20% for the EU-27). In France, wind and solar alone overtook fossils for the first time, marking the next green milestone, which is already met by Denmark and Sweden. The biggest increases were in the Netherlands (40%), Sweden (36%), and Belgium (28%). Many smaller countries continued to see near-zero growth in wind and solar: Austria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, and Slovakia.”

Source from Ember (link)

This report compiles and analyses the full-year 2020 electricity generation of every EU country, tracking Europe’s electricity transition. This is the fifth year in a row that Ember (formerly as Sandbag) has done this analysis in conjunction with Agora Energiewende.”

Even though Europe is making huge leaps forward, we still have a long way to go to reach the Eu’s 55% emissions target(EU leaders have agreed on a more ambitious goal for cutting greenhouse gases – reducing them by 55% by 2030, rather than 40%. Source).Β 

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