Published September 2020. Click here for more details:
- To meet the commitments made under the Paris agreement, the EU should phase-out coal by 2030.
- On current plans, there would still be 52 GW of installed coal capacity in the EU in 2030, nearly all (~90%) of which is in Czechia, Germany and Poland.
Published Dec 2019. Click here for more details
- Proposed EU coal-to-biomass projects could increase biomass consumption by the equivalent of five new Drax power stations.
- 36 million tonnes (MT) of wood pellets would be needed, similar to current global wood pellet production.
- These projects would produce just 64 TWh of electricity, less than 2% of the EU’s electricity production. In comparison, every year Europe adds an equivalent amount of new wind and solar capacity.
Published Jan 2020. Click here for more details:
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