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ChadwickB Aug 08, 2019 07:06 PM
The EEA data set and graph for "Electricity generation — CO2 emission intensity" in gCO2/kWh is accessible and user-friendly. However, the data is only provided for the years 1990 to 2016. The International Energy Agency (IEA) Tracking Clean Energy Progress, Power webpage ( provides "Carbon intensity of electricity generation" in gCO2/kWh with data from 2000 to 2018 for the EU and other regions/countries around the world.

Please would you add 2017 and 2018 carbon intensity data to the EEA electricity generation dataset and graph! After all, there is GOOD NEWS in this information!

Thank you, Bridget Chadwick
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EEA Aug 20, 2019 10:13 AM
Dear Ms. B. Chadwick,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Your enquiry has been forwarded to our relevant experts. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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EEA Aug 21, 2019 11:31 AM
Dear Ms. Chadwick,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Indeed, the respective EEA dataset on CO2 emission intensity of electricity generation is currently available for the years 1990 to 2016. Last year, the EEA updated the dataset during the last quarter of 2018, using the most recently available, official energy data from Eurostat (available only for the years up until 2016). The EEA dataset was part of the EEA indicator ENER038, Overview of electricity generation and use. In 2019, EEA plans to update the respective dataset also during the last quarter of 2019, taking stock of the most recent energy data from Eurostat (for 2017). The data will be published independently (as dataset), as the ENER038 indicator will be discontinued.

We hope that this information may be useful for you.

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ChadwickB Feb 26, 2020 12:25 AM
Dear EEA Data Officer,

In the International Energy Agency's [IEA] article, "Global CO2 emissions in 2019" posted online on February 11 [] the IEA says that in advanced economies: "the average CO2 emissions intensity of electricity generation declined by nearly 6.5% in 2019, a rate three times faster than the average over the past decade". (Note that the IEA's Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP) webpage has not been updated with the 2019 carbon intensity data yet).

The IEA goes on to say in their analysis that in the European Union, including the United Kingdom, that power sector CO2 emissions dropped 12% in 2019 because of an increase in generation from renewables and gas and less generation from coal. This means that the carbon intensity of electricity will have dropped, too.

A search for the EEA's most current dataset for "Electricity generation — CO2 emission intensity" returns only an "old" dataset from 18 December 2018 - the dataset that I commented about on 8 August 2019. Please can you make it easier for people to find the most up-to-date data so that we can look at the details of the 'good news'.

As Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said in her interview for the New Yorker “[T]he best way to make something happen is to convince people that it is going to happen” (24 August, 2015).

Thank you,

Bridget Chadwick
EEA Feb 26, 2020 03:11 PM
Dear Ms. Bridget Chadwick,

Thank you for your message.

You may access the latest data on CO2 Intensity of Electricity Generation at the following link:[…]/ . We take good note of your comment and will continue our efforts to facilitate access to data on our website.

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