Coal usage in the European Union

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Germany, traditionally a top-5 consumer of greenhouse gas-producing coal in the EU, has taken an important step in the process of phasing out the use of this fossil fuel to generate electricity.

The government has agreed a EUR 44 billion package of compensation and benefits to help regions deal with the consequences of the country’s transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable and cleaner sources of energy.

Berlin has pledged to switch off coal-fired power stations by 2038 in a bid to ensuring that it would meet its longer-term emissions targets and thus enable Germany to play its part in meeting the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warming.

Reliance on coal to generate electricity varies greatly across Europe.

While some countries have almost eliminated coal usage, others remain heavily reliant.

This interactive map shows the percentage of electricity production using coal in each of the member states of the European Union.

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