EU Energy Policy

EU’s green policies fail to phase out coal

The share of coal in the EU’s electricity mix has declined only slightly over the past 15 years despite efforts to decarbonise, research shows The share of coal in the EU’s electricity mix has declined only slightly over the past 15 years despite efforts to decarbonise, research shows.
By Andreas Walstad 5 December 2017 0 28662
A coal power plant in Germany. (EP)

Coal still plays a major role in power generation in many EU countries despite the ongoing efforts of Brussels to decarbonise the electricity sector. 

A recent report by Brussels-based thinktank Bruegel says that coal has a 25% share in the EU’s electricity generation mix on average, having declined by only five percentage points between 2000 and 2015. 

Countries such as Poland, Estonia and the Czech Republic are highly dependent on coal in power generation, with the fuel accounting for 80%, 77% and 49% of the electricity...