The map above gives a near real-time view on how much CO2 was emitted to produce the electricity consumed in select European countries. You can drill into data from each country to see where and how your electricity is being generated.
Furthermore the map takes into account electricity imports and exports. You can access all the data and current live map here.
For example, here’s the data for Great Britain (UK minus NI):
As you can see when this snapshot was taken, wind, solar and nuclear were all operating below their theatrical capacity. Whereas coal was operating at full capacity and gas was the biggest single source of electricity generation.
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Now contrast the UK with France, which when we looked, was only generating 1/3rd as much CO2 as the UK per kWh.
The simple fact is France is hugely reliant on nuclear power, followed by hydro and gas with little coal used to generate electricity.
However, the French are not the cleanest electricity consumers in Europe. That honour goes to the Norwegians, who produce less than half as much as the French or 1/6th as much CO2 as the UK.
Once you look into how they generate power, you can see that clean hydro accounts for almost everything.
Finally, while the UK may be bad, it’s far from the worst in Europe. That honour goes to Poland.
They remain extremely reliant on coal power, although they are also starting to invest in wind.
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