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EU’s power sector emissions plummet as renewables surge

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Union's carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and industrial sites experienced a significant reduction of 15.5% in 2023, marking a record decrease 
• The decline in power sector emissions was particularly notable at 24%, largely attributed to an increase in renewable energy generation

🔭 The context: This decrease surpasses the drop seen in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, showcasing a strong shift towards renewable energy sources like wind and solar power 
• The Emissions Trading System (ETS), covering approximately 45% of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions, saw emissions fall to around 47% below 2005 levels

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The shift towards renewable energy and the significant reduction in emissions are crucial steps in combating climate change and meeting the EU's target of a 62% reduction in ETS emissions by 2030
• The expansion of the ETS to include shipping emissions in 2024 further underscores the EU's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint

⏭️ What's next: While economic factors also contributed to the reduction in emissions, the structural increase in renewable energy capacity and the phasing out of coal suggest a lasting trend towards lower emissions
• However, challenges remain, such as rising aviation emissions and the potential rebound of industrial emissions as economic conditions change

💬 One quote: "The power demand drop ... might eventually be reversed if the economy rebounds," (Ingvild Sørhus, manager for European carbon analysis at Veyt)

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