The European Energy Atlas 2018

The European Energy Atlas 2018

The European Energy transition can happen differently from what is currently being discussed among European policy makers! The Energy Atlas explains the strategies and instruments for a European energy transition in an easy and illustrative way.

The energy transition can only succeed as a European project!

The history of the energy transition is still young – but it holds a vast potential for the future! The starting situation is encouraging, but the discussed European efficiency and renewable goals are not sufficient to get us to where we need to be. The European Energy Atlas presents the various energy policy developments in different EU Member States and offers a unique compass on where we need to get to in the coming years. This is important since one thing is certain: the various national energy transitions can only happen as an ambitious common European project!


More jobs for Europe!

In Europe, the renewable sector already offers more than one million jobs. You can find most of them in the wind, solar and biomass sectors. In terms of pro capita employment in the renewable energy sector, Europe was in second place globally in 2014. Today, it is only fifth behind China, the USA, Japan and Brasil. Europe cannot afford to lag behind here!


A 100% renewable energies in Europe is possible!

The transition to 100% renewable energy in Europe is no longer a question of technology. This goal can actually be reached as soon as 2050. Linking the sectors of electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation will help to make this happen. If the heating and cooling and transportation sectors are electrified, this will also be a solution for the problem of variable electricity production from wind and solar. An interconnected European electricity infrastructure is the basis for a European energy transition.


Power to the citizens!

There already are a number of attempts in Europe for the participation of citizens in the energy transition. Yet a European energy transition would allow much more: 125 millions of European citizens could actively participate in the European energy transition by 2050. Political initiatives must be taken today to make way for this to become reality!

Our Atlases Figures, Facts and Connections

Our Atlases are transmitting knowledge in a particular compact and illustrative form. The following Atlases have already been published: The Meat Atlas 2018 with recipes to a better animal life, the Ocean Atlas with data and facts about our dealings with the Ocean, the Agrifood Atlas about our agricultural and food industry, the Soil Atlas on the themes of the use of our lands and the Coal Atlas, with figures and facts about a polluting global fuel.

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Energy Atlas – Figures and Facts about the renewable energies in Europe

The European Energy Atlas is published at a time when EU Member States are discussing a sustainable energy and climate strategy up to 2030. It shows the situation of the various energy policy discussions in the European Member States and highlights the climate and energy challenges we are facing. It offers a clear alternative to how the energy transition can succeed: a national energy transition can only truly succeed if it is embedded in a larger European context. So knowing what happens around Europe in terms of energy policy is key!

Renewable Energies in Europe

Renewable energies will be the main pillar for the energy supply in Europe if we want to act decisively on fighting dangerous climate change. These are being produced principally from wind, sun and biomass. The energy supply from these sources has less severe impacts on the environment. Today, these renewable energy technologies are already a more cost-effective option than new fossil or nuclear energy.

Definition Renewable Energy

Renewable energies in form of wind, solar and biomass are abundant. The marginal cost of renewables lies at zero – because sunlight and wind are free. Sunlight and biomass can be transformed into electricity as well as heat. Wind produces electricity. In Europe, the energy supply could be completely switched to renewables by 2050. If the European energy transition is to become successful we need to have citizens play a central role in it.

Definition Renewable Energy

Renewable energies in form of wind, solar and biomass are abundant. The marginal cost of renewables lies at zero – because sunlight and wind are free. Sunlight and biomass can be transformed into electricity as well as heat. Wind produces electricity. In Europe, the energy supply could be completely switched to renewables by 2050. If the European energy transition is to become successful we need to have citizens play a central role in it.

Definition Energy Transition

The energy transition in Europe means a complete system change of the energy system as we know it. It means that we are giving up fossil energy sources. The energy system of the future will be less dependent on centralized power plants and rely more on decentralized renewable energy installations. Digitalization and smart technologies play a central role in this, as do consumers. Consumers can produce their own energy and are contributing to a better harmonization between demand and supply. Smart grids and smart meters are making the energy system more efficient and are saving money for the consumer.

Alternative Energies

The European Energy Atlas offers a clear alternative for the European energy transition: an energy system that is based on decentralized renewable energies such as sun, wind and biomass. These alternative energies are more cost-efficient and eco-friendly than fossil energies. It also means that the role of citizens in the energy system is strengthened because they produce their own electricity and heat. Thus, the energy transition in Europe becomes a democratic and socially just project for the future.