Decoding Europe’s energy crisis

Solar and wind are still outperforming coal and gas but there has been a small upturn in coal to compensate for shortages of gas. Blame for this lies with failed past government policies & greedy energy companies that have deliberately sought to slow the transition. Answer is more RES, energy efficiency & savings paired with sunset clauses for coal.

How are European countries responding to the energy crisis?

This is what each EU country spent on Russian coal, oil, and fossil gas in 2021, according to UN Comtrade trade data (2019 data is shown when 2021 is not yet available. Data for 2020 is not representative due to the impact of COVID-19). Fossil gas imports are apportioned to countries using Eurostat energy trade data.
N/A means no meaningful imports, or no data.

What’s really going on with coal in Europe?

Solar and wind are still outperforming coal and gas but there has been a small upturn in coal to compensate for shortages of gas. Blame for this lies with failed past government policies & greedy energy companies that have deliberately sought to slow the transition. Answer is more RES, energy efficiency & savings paired with sunset clauses for coal. Inc aim to substitute all RU FFs with a mix of the above by 2025.

7 JAN 2022
7 JAN 2022

SLOVENIA ADOPTS COAL EXIT PLAN

The European Coal Plant Countdown counts all coal plants in the EU, the UK, Turkey, and the Western Balkan countries that have retired or announced to do so by latest 2030 since January 2016.

7 JAN 2022
7 JAN 2022

SLOVENIA ADOPTS COAL EXIT PLAN

The European Coal Plant Countdown counts all coal plants in the EU, the UK, Turkey, and the Western Balkan countries that have retired or announced to do so by latest 2030 since January 2016.

7 JAN 2022
7 JAN 2022

SLOVENIA ADOPTS COAL EXIT PLAN

The European Coal Plant Countdown counts all coal plants in the EU, the UK, Turkey, and the Western Balkan countries that have retired or announced to do so by latest 2030 since January 2016.

7 JAN 2022
7 JAN 2022

SLOVENIA ADOPTS COAL EXIT PLAN

The European Coal Plant Countdown counts all coal plants in the EU, the UK, Turkey, and the Western Balkan countries that have retired or announced to do so by latest 2030 since January 2016.

How much are European countries spending on Russian fossil fuels?

This is what each EU country spent on Russian coal, oil, and fossil gas in 2021, according to UN Comtrade trade data (2019 data is shown when 2021 is not yet available. Data for 2020 is not representative due to the impact of COVID-19). Fossil gas imports are apportioned to countries using Eurostat energy trade data.
N/A means no meaningful imports, or no data.

How are European countries responding to the energy crisis?

This is what each EU country spent on Russian coal, oil, and fossil gas in 2021, according to UN Comtrade trade data (2019 data is shown when 2021 is not yet available. Data for 2020 is not representative due to the impact of COVID-19). Fossil gas imports are apportioned to countries using Eurostat energy trade data.
N/A means no meaningful imports, or no data.


  • Austria

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  • Belgium

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