Central European Morning Report: "Global Energy Transformation and Regional Challenges: Rise of Renewables and Conflict Impact on Infrastructure"

Central European Morning Report: "Global Energy Transformation and Regional Challenges: Rise of Renewables and Conflict Impact on Infrastructure"

Politics

Renewable Energy Exceeds 30% of Global Electricity Mix:

Renewable energy sources now contribute more than 30% of global electricity production, according to a recent report by the Ember energy research center. This marks a significant increase from 19% in 2020 and is largely due to the rapid expansion of solar and wind energy installations. However, hydroelectric production declined due to droughts, particularly in China, impacting the overall share of clean energy.

Solar and wind installations account for 13.4% of global electricity production, while other renewable sources such as hydroelectric plants contribute the remaining percentage. In 2010, clean energy made up only 2% of the global energy mix. Ember notes that this shift may enable a considerable reduction in fossil fuel-based energy production.

Dave Jones, an expert from Ember, stated that "the reduction of emissions in the energy sector is now inevitable." He added that the pace of emissions reduction will depend on the continued growth of renewable energy. Countries committed at COP28 to tripling global renewable energy production capacity by 2030, which could lead to renewables providing 60% of the global energy mix.

Ukrainian Energy Infrastructure Hit by Russian Attacks:

Ukrainian energy infrastructure faced a significant attack as Russian forces targeted production and distribution facilities in multiple regions, including Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia. Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko reported the assault, emphasizing the ongoing threat to the nation's energy sector.

At least six people were injured during the attacks: one in Dnipropetrovsk, one in Kirovohrad, two in Brovary near Kyiv, and at least two in Kyiv. Three thermal power plants were "severely damaged," according to DTEK, the largest private investor in Ukraine's energy sector. Since the start of the war in February 2022, DTEK's facilities have faced approximately 180 bombings, including five attacks in the past six weeks.

Russian strategic bombers Tu-95MS launched multiple cruise missiles at Kyiv, keeping the city on high alert for three hours. The Kyiv military administration confirmed that all missiles were intercepted and shot down.

Tags

Related articles

Osmani: End impunity, we owe it to the KFOR soldiers who lost their limbs
The President of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, on the anniversary of the May 29 attack on NATO soldiers in the north of Kosovo, has said that the impunity of Serbian crime groups has only encouraged them to repeat the attacks, as is clearly shown through the act of aggression of September 24 from Serbia.
Moldovan PM, U.S. official discuss current situation
Prime Minister Dorin Recean and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Braila power station, one of the locations where large-scale systems for storing energy in batteries will be installed.
President Iohannis says private health sector demonstrates extraordinary capacity for adaptation and innovation
The private sector in Romania has demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for adaptation and innovation, contributing to maintaining a high standard of medical care, President Klaus Iohannis transmitted on Wednesday, at the European Gala of Private Hospitals, through a message.
Prime Minister UK with OSCE representatives: Support for the curricular reform in Sarajevo Canton
The Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton Nihad Uk held a meeting with representatives of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina where they discussed the implementation of the curricular reform in the Sarajevo Canton, with the OSCE support.
PM Mitsotakis meets Emir of Qatar; two bilateral agreements signed
With the signature of two new bilateral agreements, including one on military cooperation, the meeting in Athens on Wednesday between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, sealed the further strengthening of relations between Qatar and Greece.
Prime Minister urged citizens to participate in European Parliament election
Prime Minister Dorin Recean today urged Moldovan citizens, who also have European citizenship to participate in European parliamentary elections due on June 6-9.
Reports: House searches under way at Telekom Slovenije, Nova24TV
Investigators are searching the premises of telco Telekom Slovenije and Nova24TV, a media platform with clear links to the opposition Democrats (SDS), media report on Wednesday.
Members of the FBiH Government receive qualified digital certificates - digital signatures
Members of the Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina today were presented with qualified digital certificates - digital signatures.
PM Mitsotakis: Greece must retain a leading role in a world that is changing
Addressing prospective voters in the coastal Athens suburb of Paleo Faliro on Tuesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasised that a vote for New Democracy in the upcoming European Parliament elections on June 9 signified a "strong Greece, a proud Greece within Europe".
Assembly approves anti-corruption draft resolution by 76 votes in favor
The Assembly approved today the draft resolution “On deepening the reforms for good governance, the rule of law and anti-corruption for opening up opportunity of Albania 2030 in the European Union”.
From 1 September ceiling above which pensions are taxed set to be changed, PM Ciolacu says
Prime minister Marcel Ciolacu, chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), said on Monday that as of September 1, with the recalculation of pensions, the 2,000 RON threshold above which pensions are taxed will be changed.
Labeling ICC prosecutor as 'antisemitic' unacceptable: EU foreign policy chief
Int'l community must 'ask for implementation of the decision' of ICJ, says Josep Borrell