Renewables Accounted for Majority of New EU Power Capacity in 2016

The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has recently published the report ‘Renewable energy in Europe — 2017 update, where it provides an overview of progress in renewable energy in Europe, based on official statistics until 2015 and preliminary estimates for 2016. According to this report, the transition to renewable energy continues in the European Union (EU) but has lost some pace in the past two years. According to new European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates, renewables accounted for 86 % of the EU’s new capacity for electricity generation installed in 2016. Overall, EU Member States also continue to cut more capacity from conventional sources than they install. According to the report, coal was the fuel that was most substituted by renewables across Europe, accounting for roughly half of all avoided fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. EuCheMS is currently involved in the topic of renewable energy sources with its Solar-Driven Chemistry initiative.

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