According to a new report, EU now gets more than 30% of its electricity from renewable sources, up from 12% in 2000. At the current rate of growth, the European bloc can increase the proportion of renewables in its electricity mix to 50% by 2030
“In 2017, renewables generated 30% of Europe’s electricity for the first time. It was a rise of only 0.2% points – from 29.8% in 2016 to 30.0% in 2017 of electricity production ”
The report, also said that last year wind, solar, and biomass produced 20.9 percent of electricity in the EU, as compared to 20.6 percent for coal and 19.7 percent for natural gas.
Nuclear energy remained the single-largest source of electricity production, generating 25.6 percent of the EU’s power.
“This is incredible progress, considering just five years ago coal generation was more than twice that of wind, solar, and biomass.”– the report said noting the steady decline of coal.
UK and Germany continue to be the main drivers of growth in renewable energy, with the two nations accounting for 56 percent of the EU’s overall growth in renewable energy over the past three years.
Given the bloc’s steady growth in renewable energy, the report said that the EU can realistically expect to produce 50 percent of its electricity from wind, solar, and biomass by 2030.
Still, despite the growth of renewables, the report said that because of growth in the industrial and transport sectors, overall greenhouse gas emissions in the EU rose last year by 1 percent — an indication of just how elusive CO2 reductions remain in today’s industrialized nations.