In this episode, we talk about Europe's renewable energy and its ambition to become the world's first carbon-neutral economy. We look at the emerging success story of the EU's 27 member countries and their renewable energy strategies. Madeleine Mahovsky, head of the Energy Statistics Unit at Eurostat, talks about the new agenda of the EU, the European Green Deal, and the target to become the first climate-neutral continent in 2050. She also looks at the new REPowerEU initiative to raise the share of EU’s renewable energy to 45% by 2030.
Julian Prime, the head of Electricity, Renewables and Coal Statistics at the International Energy Agency, explains the emerging potential of hydrogen to boost renewables and why it is important that bio fuels don't interfere with food production.
In a conversation with Jonathan Elliott we discuss why renewable energy production has increased in the EU and how new technologies like solar PV and wind have increased enormously over the last few years to reduce our carbon emissions.