...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.
Energy Policy Officer
WWF European Policy Office,
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