Renewables progress hits fossil fuel use

The expansion of renewable energy sources over the last decade prompted an 11% cut in fossil fuel use across Europe in 2015 The expansion of renewable energy sources over the last decade prompted an 11% cut in fossil fuel use across Europe in 2015.
By Andreas Walstad 5 April 2017 0 25361

The expansion of renewable energy sources over the last decade prompted an 11% cut in fossil fuel use across Europe in 2015, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) said in a report released this week. 

“The additional consumption of renewable energy, compared with the level of consumption in 2005, allowed the EU to cut its demand for fossil fuels by 130 mt of oil equivalent in 2015,” the report said. This was equivalent to Italy’s fossil fuel consumption. 

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