European Electricity Review 2022 - Ember
- Feb 1, 2022 11:41 am GMT
Ember’s sixth annual report on EU electricity trends compares 2021 to benchmark pre-pandemic levels in 2019, providing the first insight into how the gas crisis is affecting the region’s power sector after its recovery from the pandemic.
Gas crisis interrupts EU coal exit
‘Paradigm shift’ as new renewables replace costly gas instead of dirtier coal power
The gas crisis created a paradigm shift for the EU’s electricity transition. Historically Europe’s growing renewables replaced coal power, the most emissions-intensive fuel. However, as a result of soaring gas prices in the second half of 2021, new renewables replaced fossil gas instead. The interruption to the EU’s coal phase-out slowed emission reductions. With market prices indicating that the gas crisis will continue for at least the next two years, Europe’s climate goals could be at risk if countries fail to step up renewables deployment and legislate to close coal plants.
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