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Europe’s failure to tackle coal: Risks for the EU low-carbon transition

Europe’s failure to tackle coal: Risks for the EU low-carbon transition

This new report covers coal emissions in the European power sector. Coal for power now represents 18% of total EU CO2 emissions, equivalent to all road transport.

The report explores the question of how long high coal use in the EU could continue and concludes that unless there are changes in the EU’s energy and climate policies it could remain stubbornly high into the next decade.

If EU politicians do not act urgently, Sandbag shows that current policy will not guarantee the end of unabated coal, calling in to question the credibility of Europe’s climate change and energy policy. And with no guarantee of continued renewables and energy efficiency growth after 2020, coal’s comeback could become permanent.

The executive summary is available for download here.

Our database of power stations is available for download here.

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July 28, 2014