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EU:s power sector emissions falls rapidly

An unprecedented collapse in EU coal and gas electricity generation in 2023 led to a record drop in power sector emissions, according to the European Electricity Review, published by think tank Ember.
The EU’s shift away from fossil fuels was evident with record drops in coal generation (-26%) as well as gas (-15%). This led to the largest decline on record for EU power sector emissions too (-19%), as wind and solar grew and electricity demand fell. Renewables continued to increase as wind power generation (18%) overtook gas (17%) for the first time in 2023.
“The EU’s power sector is in the middle of a monumental shift,” said Ember’s Europe programme director, Sarah Brown. “Fossil fuels are playing a smaller role than ever as a system with wind and solar as its backbone comes into view.”
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Fossil generation plummeted by a record 19% in 2023, accounting for less than a third of EU power for the first time. Coal fell by 26% to its lowest ever level at 333 TWh, or 12% of the EU’s electricity generation. Coal’s decline did not result in a rise in gas, which instead fell by 15%, the largest annual reduction since at least 1990 and the fourth consecutive year of gas generation decline.
In contrast, wind and solar combined achieved their highest ever year-on-year increases in both generation and installed capacity, at 90 TWh and 73 GW. Together they produced a record 27% of EU electricity in 2023 — above a quarter for the first time.
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  • Tabitha Kimani

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    With such gainful efforts, much hope is raised in solving the climate crisis.

    • George Kariuki

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      The growth of wind and solar generation, along with their record contribution to EU electricity, points towards a more sustainable future.

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • dickson mutai

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          The EU's commitment to reducing fossil fuel dependency is paying off :)

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          • zelda ninga

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            The good news we need to hear more and more.

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            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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              This report highlights the significant progress made by the EU in reducing power sector emissions through a rapid shift away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources. The record decline in coal and gas generation, coupled with a substantial increase in wind and solar power, led to the largest drop in power sector emissions on record. This shift marks a monumental transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy system, with renewables emerging as the backbone of the EU's power sector. The continued growth of wind and solar power underscores the increasing importance of renewable energy in achieving climate goals.

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              • Gorffly mokua

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                The EU's efforts serve as a promising model for other regions looking to transition towards sustainable energy practices.

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              • Jane Wangui

                9 w

                We support production of clean energy 100%.

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              • Joseph Githinji

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                This is encouraging, the right way to go. Renewable energy is the solution, it is time to bid goodbye to coal,gas and fossil fuels.

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                • Sarah Chabane

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                  Fantastic news! Let's continue to push for renewable energy production

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                  • Princess

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                    This is a testament to the effectiveness of renewable energy initiatives and the commitment to cleaner energy sources.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

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                      @princess_nel_268 Yes! Renewable energy will be more effective if there is commitment!

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                    • Munene Mugambi

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                      This shows that effective utilisation of green energy leads to lower emissions from the power sector

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