Friday, 29 November 2019 06:23

Coal production falling in EU, figures

European coal-based electricity production fell by 19% in the first half of 2019. According to estimates, it will reach 23% in the second half of the year. Considering the analysis published by CarbonBrief this week, about half of the decline is associated with the broadening the use of renewable sources of energy. The rest part of the decline is associated with the shift to natural gas. While the Western Europe is making positive changes, the Central and Eastern European countries do not hurry to follow them.

For instance, as of 2019, only 10.9% of energy in Poland is produced out of renewable sources of energy, while the staggering 80% come out of coal which is the highest indicator in the European Union. As a comparison, the coal based energy makes only 2% of total electricity production in Ireland, France and Great Britain, and only 6% in Spain and Italy in the first half of 2019.

Total amount of installed renewable sources of energy is still far from the similar indicators of Western Europe. In 2018 Poland installed only 39 MW of renewable sources of energy (out of almost 18,000 MW installed in Europe).

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