Environmental think-tank Ember found that 70-80% of the power system in Europe—including the EU27, Norway, Switzerland, the UK, and the Western Balkan countries—could be supplied by wind and solar generation, while relegating fossil fuels to under 5% of its total consumption.
Ditching fossil fuels could save Europe as much as €1 trillion by 2035. This would bring numerous benefits for public health and the citizens’ pockets, as well as put the continent on track to achieve its environmental objectives.
In this episode, we discuss with Ember’s senior energy and climate data analyst Chris Rosslowe how to make the transition to a clean power sector in Europe happen. Chris specialises in clean energy systems and in his role at Ember uses future energy scenarios to provide insights and key data to track and guide the transition from fossil to clean. He previously held roles in the UK Civil Service analysing energy and environmental policy and holds a PhD in astrophysics.
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Illustration: Masha Krasnova-Shabaeva. Art director: Trine Natskår.
A new transmission line across the Baltic Sea shows that a more integrated European power network is not only steadily evolving, but that innovative approaches to infrastructure design can bring down the cost of the energy transition.
This week, DNV’s CEO of Energy Systems Ditlev Engel joins Watt Matters to talk about energy systems thinking and why a holistic approach is needed to make the energy transition happen
The European Union’s “Energy Efficiency First Principle” was designed to maximise the potential of energy sources and increase investor appetite but it has struggled to jump from principle to practice. But new rules and a shift in geopolitics look set to propel the efficiency maxim to top billing
Theme on Energy Efficiency part 4/5: Companies are not investing enough in energy efficiency in order to reap its benefits. This is the economic oddity of energy efficiency, says Brian Motherway, head of energy efficiency at International Energy Agency.
Development of sustainable buildings is moving fast, pushing them to being energy producers rather than energy consumers. One example is UN City in Denmark
Coal-reliant regions around the world have been generally resistant to the energy transition and regulators have tended to defend the status quo. But they are slowly starting to realise that clear plans and financial support for disrupted societies are more important