More and more energy is being produced through renewable sources as opposed to coal, according to the latest report entitled The European Power Sector in 2018.
The findings, released by think tank Sandbag, is the fifth annual review of energy production within the European Union (EU).
It revealed coal generation within the EU declined by six per cent last year, which is nearly a third (30 per cent) below the amount produced in 2012.
At the same time, renewable energy accounted for 32.3 per cent of the energy produced in the EU in 2018.
European power analyst for Sandbag, Dave Jones commented: “Europe is proving that replacing coal generation with renewable generation is the fastest way to cut emissions.”
He went on to say European’s annual CO2 emissions from coal power plants dropped by 250 million tonnes between 2012 and 2018, while there was also no increase in emissions from power generation with natural gas.
The report found that the increase in renewable energy production was due to wind growth predominantly, as well as hydropower returning to normal levels.
While solar energy only accounted for four per cent of electricity production in 2018, this could be set to change over the next few years.
According to the figures, solar additions grew by more than 60 per cent last year to almost 10 GW due to the summer heatwave, while module prices dropped by 29 per cent.
This comes after Carbon Brief analysis found that the proportion of electricity generation produced by renewable sources last year reached its highest level, creating 33 per cent of the total electricity utilised in the UK in 2018.
There could be a greater demand for certified contractors in offshore wind this year if this growth in renewables continues. Therefore, it is important to make sure all employees undergo a GWO working at heights course to maintain their working at heights skills and competency.