The EU electricity sector in 2020

Annual review of the status of the energy transition in the electricity sector in Europe

  • Project Duration: 11/2020 - 01/2021

The energy sector plays a crucial role in achieving the European climate targets. The aim is currently to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990. This target includes accelerated climate protection measures and an increase in the current climate and energy targets for 2030.

In addition, the European Commission, under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen, has made the path to greenhouse gas neutrality for the EU by 2050 a central element of its work programme. Under the heading "European Green Deal", the Commission is advocating measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while promoting social justice and economic competitiveness. In this context, national coal phase-outs are increasingly being adopted by Member States.

It is therefore of great importance to track progress and changes in the energy sector. For the fifth year in a row, Ember (formerly Sandbag) and Agora Energiewende have therefore teamed up to present the state of the energy transition in the European power sector. Key topics include electricity generation from renewables and conventional energy, electricity consumption, CO2 emissions, and updates on key directives. In addition, we make the data used to create this report available for download so that third parties can perform up-to-date analysis on it.

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