Renewables cut EU emissions 10 April 2017
Renewables cut Europe’s carbon emissions by 10% in 2015, says EEA (via The Guardian)
By Arthur Neslen
A surge in the use of wind and solar energy helped Europe to cut its fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by about 10% in 2015, an authoritative new report has found.
Energy use from renewables rose to 16.7% of Europe’s total, up from 15% in 2013, and accounted for 77% of the continent’s new power capacity.
But the clean energy burst is still not moving fast enough to prevent a “lock–in” of already–commissioned fossil fuel capacity, which will otherwise transform into stranded assets.
It was also unevenly spread across Europe, with renewables expanding to take up 30% of the power load in many Scandinavian countries, but only 5% in Malta.
The UK had Europe’s seventh best record for the intensity of its greenhouse gasemissions, but was a mid–table performer in terms of emissions per capita, according to figures compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Mihai Tomescu, who authored the EEA study, said Europe’s renewable roll–out was accelerating, but not fast enough to halt global warming at 2C.