Energy Supply

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Today, one quarter of Europe’s electricity is generated by burning coal, even though this fuel emits more than double the carbon dioxide pollution than gas for each unit of energy produced.
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...Switching from dirty to clean energy production

As nearly half of Europe’s power stations will need to be replaced within the next 20 years, it is vital to move our electricity system rapidly towards more environmentally responsible climate-friendly developments that will also improve supply security.

Today, one quarter of Europe’s electricity is generated by burning coal, even though this fuel emits more than double the carbon dioxide pollution than gas for each unit of energy produced. In the last decade coal has been the fastest growing global energy source. Transnational corporations, financial institutions, energy investors and some governments have pushed for greater use of coal, regardless of its harmful impacts.

European plans to develop a sustainable power system must cut fossil fuel use substantially and prioritise faster growth of renewable sources, greater energy efficiency and savings as well as reduce fossil fuels emissions.

The further development of European energy networks, particularly electricity, is needed for the continued rapid growth of renewable energy technologies, so that by mid-century the entire energy system is fuelled from renewable sources.
 

CONTACTS

  • Darek Urbaniak

    WWF European Policy Office

    +32 2 761 04 21

Debate: Fighting coal CO2 pollution

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Is the EU falling behind the US? 
Debate on the role of the Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) for tackling coal greenhouse gas emissions with

Bruce Buckheit (US) is former director of the US Environmental Protection Agency's Aire Enforcement Division, analyst and consultant US Climate Action Plan.
Richard Cowart (US and EU) is Managing Director of the Regulatory Assistance project.

MEP host: Sirpa Pietikainen

Panellists:
Jason Anderson, Head of European Climate and Energy Policy, WWF European Policy Office
Judith Kirton-Darling, MEP

When: Wednesday 19 November 2014 from 13:00 to 15:00
Lunch reception will be served at 12:15

Where: European Parliament. Room A1G-3

REGISTER NOW!
RSVP to EPS@wwf.eu by Friday 14 November - If you need an entry pass,
please don’t forget to send us your nationality, date and place of birth by this date too.

This event is organised by Globe EU and the WWF European Policy Office.

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