The energy transition in Europe

With the Green New Deal launched in 2019, the European Commission has made the fight against global warming one of its priorities. To do this, it is considered crucial to overcome fossil fuels in the European energy sector, favouring the transition to renewable energy sources with a low environmental impact. Yet in this field, at the European level, many contradictions remain: the energy sector remains responsible for many greenhouse gas emissions, public and private banks continue to invest in fossil fuels, and not all states are ready to face the necessary energy transition. A dossier by OBC Transeuropa created in the context of EDJNet, its European project devoted to data journalism.

 

European banks are still major backers of the fossil fuel industry

Gianluca De Feo | 25/1/2021

As public institutions struggle to implement their plans effectively, private banks are still not pulling their weight. With the slowness and mounting obstacles facing public finances, combined with the unreliability of the private system, how secure is the future of energy transition?

Emissions in Europe: how much CO2 does energy cost us?

Ornaldo Gjergji | 15/1/2021

In terms of CO2, energy production is the human activity with the worst impact on the environment in Europe. Emissions in the EU may be falling, but there are still major obstacles to achieving climate neutrality. Meanwhile, to the east, dozens of new coal plants will be built in the near future.

Climate warming in Europe, municipality by municipality

Lorenzo FerrariOrnaldo Gjergji | 14/5/2020

In more than 35,000 European municipalities, average temperatures have risen by more than 2°C over the last fifty years. From big cities to small villages, the climate crisis reaches every corner of Europe – but citizens are rising up, and people in power are finally taking action 

The energy transition yet to come

Gianluca De Feo | 6/2/2020

The European Union wants to abandon coal by 2050, but this will require significant help from European banks, which still finance 26 per cent of all coal power plants in the world

The interactive map on the average temperature increase in about 100,000 European municipalities, created as part of our European Data Journalism Network project together with the partners of Sheldon.studio