EU fossil fuel burning for electricity fell to lowest on record in 2023, data shows
EUROPE burned 17pc less fossil fuel to make electricity between January and June 2023 - the likely lowest recorded since 2000.
The drop in fossil fuel generation was driven by a fall in demand for electricity, as well as some growth in clean power, the study from clean energy think tank Ember found.
“We’re glad to see fossil fuels down, but in the long-term it is not going to be sustainable to rely on the fall in demand to do this,” said Matt Ewen, author of the report. “We have to be replacing this energy rather than just expecting it to go away and not be used.”
Europe's Fit for 55 plan sees greenhouse gas pollution reduced at least 55pc from 1990 levels by 2030 with the European Green Deal seeing net zero emissions by 2050, from The Guardian.
The EU will have to use less energy but more electricity as consumers heat homes and drive cars with electricity instead of fossil fuels.
Fourteen countries saw their lowest total fossil generation on record for the period. In seven countries – Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Poland and Slovenia – fossil fuel burning hit its lowest levels this century.
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