EU power plant emissions data

Updated on 22 May 2023

EU power plant emissions data based on the latest ETS data release covering EU-27, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

Topic: Electricity



EU-ETS (countries in dark grey) covers EU-27, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. From 2021 onwards, the UK no longer reported emissions as part of the EU-ETS.


Power Sector Definition

The EU-ETS power sector records include combined heat and power plants along with power only. In this analysis, power sector is taken to include combined heat and power installations alongside power only installations. Biomass and some waste generation is not included.


Plants included in the tool represent 90% of EU-ETS 2022 power sector emissions.


Fuel Categories

Mappings for installation fuel types have been taken from previous Ember analysis and the ETC/CME Dataset 1/2021.


Peat, non municipal waste, oil and blast furnace gases were all mapped to other unless clearly stated separately. In the case of blast furnace gas, it is identified in brackets in the name of the installation. In addition the primary fuel for many very small installations could not be researched. These are also mapped to other, but are most likely small oil and gas plants, or oil and gas cofired in biomass plants.


Missing Installations

Where installations had not yet reported emissions data for 2022, emissions were estimated provided their account status was ‘open’, they were not excluded from the ETS and they reported in 2021. To calculate their estimated emissions, a percentage change from 2021 was applied according to the sector the installation belongs to.


Multiple Keys

Some installations are recorded under multiple keys in the EU-ETS data and must be added together to calculate their total emissions. For example, Boxberg power plant is split under DE 1453 and DE 1454.


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Harriet Fox
Energy & Climate Data Analyst