European countries have followed very different energy policies

If there is one subject where the average means nothing, it is energy in Europe. European countries have embraced very different strategies in terms of energy production. We know that France made a very strong choice in the 1970s with its “all nuclear” policy. The other European countries did not follow suit. Natural gas is the first source of energy in Italy and the Netherlands while Germany remains very dependent on fossil fuels (coal and oil).


As we could see during the last COP, it is not surprising that each country defends its energy policy, that is to say, its energy transition. The starting points are too different to achieve a common homogeneous convergence.
The graph below shows the link between CO² emissions and the share of fossil energy in total production for the European countries.


17 November 2021

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