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11 March 2015 – Renewable energy makes significant contribution to emissions reduction

Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions could have been 7 percent higher in 2012 without the deployment of renewable energy from 2005 onwards concludes a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The use of coal would have resulted in a 13 percent increase in harmful emissions, while natural gas would have seen a 7 percent increase.
The share of renewable energy was 15 percent of the EU’s total energy consumption in 2013, surpassing the target set in the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive. EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx said: “Renewable energy is quickly becoming one of Europe’s great success stories. We can go even further: if we support innovation in this area it could become a major motor of Europe’s economy, bringing down emissions while creating jobs.”

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