According to reports, solar and wind generation outpaced coal in Europe in 2019. Coal-fired energy plunged 24% across the EU, driving a 12% reduction in the power sector’s CO2 emissions.
The EU member states that added the most new solar and wind generation capacity also recorded the biggest declines in coal use. Solar arrays and wind farms accounted for 18% of electricity generation across the European Union.
Around half of the EU’s lost coal capacity has been replaced by solar and wind facilities with gas accounting for the rest, partly because low prices have made gas more competitive than coal.
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