The EU has committed to transition towards a clean, smart and renewable energy system, a task that creates both challenges and opportunities. To explore these issues for the wider public, the European Environmental Agency has published a collection of articles titled, ‘Signals 2017 – Shaping the Future of Energy in Europe: Clean Smart and Renewable.’
According to a release by the European Environmental Agency, “We still rely on the burning of fossil fuels to obtain most of the energy we use and the combustion of fossil fuels affects us all in one way or another. It releases air pollutants into the atmosphere and harms our health. It also releases greenhouse gases and contributes to climate change. We are at a critical decision point in time – the negative impacts of our current energy choices on the one hand, and the opportunities that clean energy sources offer on the other.”
European countries consume less energy compared with 10 years ago and rely less on fossil fuels due to energy savings and the faster-than-expected uptake of renewable energy.
Examining the state of play of Europe’s energy transition, Signals 2017 provides snapshots on key issues of energy, environment, technology, and sustainability.
Read more here