History made: Renewable energy surpassed fossil fuels for European electricity in 2020

Europeans got more of their electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for the first time last year, according to an annual report from Ember and Agora Energiewende.

The report has been tracking EU’s power sector since 2015, and found renewables delivered 38% of electricity last year, compared to 37% delivered by fossil fuels.

The shift comes as other sources, such as wind and solar power, have risen in the EU. Both sources have nearly doubled since 2015, and as of last year accounted for one-fifth of electricity generation in EU countries. It’s also the reason why coal power declined 20% last year, making up only 13% of electricity generated in Europe.

Demand in Europe decreased by 4% in 2020, according to the report, which said Covid trends had no effect on the growth of renewable energy sources. Since 2015, Europe’s electricity emissions recorded a historic decline, becoming 29% cleaner.

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