The reduction of pollution from electricity generation has been reduced by 50 % in sixteen years and has accelerated thanks to the closure of coal-fired groups and the deployment of renewables
The Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands published this week the resolution approving the emission factors for quantifying greenhouse gas emissions in the Balearic Islands during 2021, which shows how CO2 emissions per kWh of electricity generated in the Balearic Islands have fallen by 40% since 2018.
Thus, it has gone from 0.7754 kg of CO2 emissions per kWh in 2018 to 0.4569 kg CO2/kWh in 2021, its lowest level ever. This figure is due to the closure of coal-fired units and the deployment of renewables in the Balearic Islands by the Government. In this sense, emissions from the energy sector industry in the Balearic Islands went from 4083.15 kt CO2 in 2018 to 2422.32 kt CO2 in 2021.
In the words of the Vice-President of the Government and Minister for Energy Transition, Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory, “we have reduced emissions from electricity generation by 40% in recent years, a figure that reaches a 50% reduction in sixteen years. We know that these are very good figures and that they show that we now breathe better air in the Balearic Islands than we did more than a decade ago, but there is still a long way to go. We must continue to promote the penetration of renewables and continue with the decarbonisation process promoted by this coalition government”.
For his part, the Director General for Energy and Climate Change, Pep Malagrava, stressed that “this reduction can only happen with three fundamental elements that must continue to be developed in the coming years. Firstly, the reduction of energy consumption; secondly, the massive deployment of renewables; and thirdly – and this cannot be done without the previous two – the reduction and closure of the most polluting thermal power stations”.