25 Jan Tipping point reached: Europe uses more green than fossil power for the first time
Europe used renewable electricity sources (38 percent) for the first time last year (38 percent) than fossils (37 percent), according to research by Ember and Angora Energiewende. However, according to the research organisations, it is not moving fast enough to meet the climate targets in 2030 and 2050.
This is the fifth year in a row that the research agencies are analysing the speed of the energy transition in Europe. The use of renewable energy sources increased, from 34.6 percent in 2019 to 38 percent in 2020. Fossil energy use fell to 37 percent by 2020. The research agencies call this trend an important milestone in the European energy transition.
Milestones have also been achieved at the national level: germany, Spain and the United Kingdom consume more green energy than fossil fuels. In the Netherlands this tipping point has not yet been reached, but here was the largest increase in solar and wind energy. Nevertheless, the Netherlands is still low on the list when it comes to making its energy sources more sustainable. Denmark now gets the largest share of energy from wind and the sun, about 61 percent. The Czech Republic and Slovakia are far behind with less than 5% solar and wind energy.
The research states that the transition from fossil to green energy is still far too slow to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to be fully climate neutral by 2050. If the demand for energy had not fallen so sharply over the past year – as a result of the corona pandemic – the trend towards renewable energy sources would have been even stronger.