Reports & Briefings
Europe’s Dirty 30: How the EU’s coal-fired power plants are undermining its climate efforts
- Category: Reports & Briefs
- Published: 22 July 2014
This report by CAN Europe, HEAL, WWF, EEB and Klima Allianz Germany exposes the top 30 CO2-polluting power plants in the EU, with Germany and the UK ranking joint first, with nine of the dirtiest coal plants each. If the EU is serious about meeting its climate targets and protecting the health of its citizens, it must act against its coal addiction.
The EU's coal problem, the report reveals, is caused by the increased use of existing coal assets. Many of the EU's coal-fired plants are now running at or near full capacity, due to the relatively low price of coal compared to gas. This has led to an increase in CO2 emissions from coal power plants in the EU, despite the rapid expansion of renewables and an overall decrease in total EU greenhouse gas emissions.
See also Press release: Climate efforts undermined by EU’s coal addiction, new report reveals