Low-carbon sources were used to generate 56% of Europe’s electricity during 2014, according to a new report.

In its annual report on power generation, the Union of the Electricity Industry (Eurelectric) found that 28% was supplied by renewable energy and 27% from nuclear.

Fossil fuels accounted for 42% of the power mix.

Total energy consumption for the European Union (EU) is also continuing to fall.

Transport, heating and cooling

Hans ten Berge, Eurelectric’s Secretary-General, said: “Sound statistics are mandatory in the EU institutions’ decision‐making process.

“Recent statistics show that electricity is on track to becoming a carbon-neutral energy carrier.

“If we use it more widely to replace fossil fuels in transport, heating and cooling, this can lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and more energy efficiency.”

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