The European Union, which is the first in electricity generation from renewable energy, produced more electricity with green resources in 2020.
The year 2020 was the first in the field of electricity generation from renewable energy for the European Union countries. In 2020, when member countries reaped the fruits of their investment in renewable resources, the contribution of sustainable resources to electricity generation was 38%.
According to the report published by the organization Ember and Agora Energiewende, the contribution of fossil fuels in electricity generation was at the level of 37%, while the country with the lowest share of renewable resources in production was Czechia with 12%. Investments in solar and wind energy, which have increased exponentially since 2015, enabled the association to reach the figures we see today.
Denmark has the largest share with 61%, followed by Ireland with 35% and Germany with 33% in wind and solar power plants that meet one-fifth of the EU’s electricity. Among the member countries, the rate of energy obtained from coal fell to 20% levels, while only 13% of the total electricity production was obtained from coal.
According to the report, the gratifying numbers are unfortunately not enough for the projected 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and the climate neutral target for 2050.
In the same report, it was stated that Europe should triple the growth in the wind and solar energy sector in order to reach its 2030 targets.