Policy & Regulation

Coal use to persist in Southeastern Europe

Coal is expected to retain a significant share of Southeastern Europe’s energy mix for years to come, despite the region’s best efforts Coal is expected to retain a significant share of Southeastern Europe’s energy mix for years to come, despite the region’s best efforts.
By Andreas Walstad 12 March 2018 0 29961
Electric power lines in Europe. Electric power lines in Europe. (European Parliament)

The 13 countries in the Southeast Europe region remain highly dependent on coal for electricity generation, despite efforts to boost production from renewables and provide gas imports from sources other than Russia. 

Solid fuels including coal and lignite had a 30% share of the energy mix in Southeastern Europe (excluding Turkey) in 2015, virtually unchanged from 2005. The share of gas, at 23%, was also almost unchanged in the period whereas the share of renewables increased slightly, from 11% to 14%, according to data from the...