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Austria, Denmark, Lithuania: Which EU countries have committed to decarbonise power by 2035?

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🗞️ Driving the news: A consensus is building around 2035 as the critical year for eliminating fossil fuels from Europe's power system, with EU countries representing more than 60% of the bloc’s energy sector committed to decarbonizing their power sectors by this date

🔭 The context: Beyond Fossil Fuels' new analysis has found that 10 EU member states have committed to eliminating fossil fuels by 2035 or sooner, with Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, and Luxembourg explicitly committing to replace coal and gas with renewables

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The shift towards a fossil-free power system by 2035 is crucial for meeting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target, significantly reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change

⏭️ What's next: The focus is on getting more EU countries to commit to the 2035 decarbonization target and ensure these commitments include a clear move away from coal, gas, and other non-renewable energy sources towards renewables

💬 One quote: “It’s encouraging that many European governments share the ambition to usher in the fossil-free era by making 2035 power sector commitments. Now more need to follow suit,” says Tara Connolly, campaigner at Beyond Fossil Fuels

📈 One stat: If Portugal, Sweden, and Romania advance their decarbonization goals to 2035, over 70% of the EU's energy generation capacity would be committed to fossil-free pledges

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