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The Covid-19 crisis brought about unprecedented reductions in CO2 emissions and energy consumption, benefiting renewables. This effect may be temporary however – but it could also mark the beginning of an ecological transition compatible with safeguarding the planet.
The EU emissions trading system has reached its 2020 reduction target as early as 2017. But it still needs to fix one problem to be truly efficient.
The Global EV Outlook tracks the development of electric mobility, providing both historical and prospective data.
Without a high enough carbon price, surplus emissions permits will remain high and the European carbon market will remain broken.
Where do European countries stand in terms of renewable energies?
The European Environment Agency created an interactive map to explore the evolution of water stress over time. Data are available since 1990.
The 16 coal power plants in the western Balkans cause as much pollution as the 250 plants active within the European Union. The health impact is severe, and not just within the region.
Thousands of dams are planned for the rivers and streams of south-eastern Europe, and their environmental and social impact could prove devastating.
While wind turbines continue to multiply in the seas of northern Europe and advance the process of energy transition, the south lags behind. Neither wind nor shores, however, are in short supply.
Renewable energy continues to grow in Europe, but increasingly slowly. Certain EU states may find it difficult to keep their 2020 commitments.