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Fossil fuels are ‘on the way out’ in the EU as they dropped to record low in April

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🗞️ Driving the news: Fossil fuel generation in the EU has fallen to a record low, accounting for less than a quarter of the bloc's electricity in April, largely due to significant increases in wind, solar, and hydropower generation
• This marks a historic shift, with renewables now constituting 54% of the energy mix.

🔭 The context: The decline in fossil fuel use has been driven by a robust growth in renewable energy sources, which are becoming increasingly integral to Europe's electricity grid
• Germany led the reduction with significant coal power station closures, contributing significantly to the overall decrease in fossil fuel use across the EU

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is crucial in reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change
• The shift supports global efforts to meet climate targets and showcases a successful large-scale implementation of renewable technologies

⏭️ What's next: As renewable energy sources like wind and solar continue to replace coal and gas, the EU is likely to see further decreases in fossil fuel dependence
• This trend is expected to accelerate the decline of carbon emissions and foster a sustainable energy future

💬 One quote: “Fossil fuels are on the way out of Europe’s power sector," - Sarah Brown, Europe Programme Director at Ember.

📈 One stat: Renewable sources generated a record 54% of the EU's electricity in April.

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