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Indicator Assessment

Greenhouse gas emission intensity of electricity generation in Europe

Indicator Assessment
Prod-ID: IND-353-en
  Also known as: ENER 038
Published 11 Jun 2021 Last modified 11 Jun 2021
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The greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity of power generation is falling across the EU. Climate mitigation and energy policies and legislation addressing air pollutant emissions from industrial installations support decarbonisation via a gradual switch to renewable or to less carbon-intensive fossil fuels and by improving the efficiency of transformation processes in the sector. By 2019, the GHG emission intensity of electricity generation had halved compared with 1990. If the declining trend of the past decade continued, EU electricity generation would fully decarbonise by 2050. To accomplish this, meet the EU GHG emission reductions targets for 2030 of 55% below 1990 levels and reach climate neutrality by 2050, additional polices and measures are needed.

Greenhouse gas emission intensity of electricity generation

European level
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