Luxembourg’s energy transformation faces an uphill battle

By Bill WirtzLex Kleren

Luxembourg is far off from the ambitious renewable energy targets set by the European Union. What is the country’s current energy mix, what can be done to diversify it, and which challenges does it face with increased electromobility?

The European Union has set ambitious targets to keep carbon dioxide emissions in the EU27 low. According to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord – adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris on December 12, 2015 and entered into force on November 4, 2016 – signatory parties need to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, ideally to 1.5 degrees, compared to pre-industrial levels. For Europe, this means considerable challenges, not least because not all member states are on equivalent levels of environment-friendly development. While industry-heavy members such as France and Germany can afford the significant investment, Central and Eastern European countries still heavily rely on coal power and fail to diversify their energy mix either out of a lack of will or resources.

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