Warning over Europe's dwindling energy supplies

Europe's oil, gas and coal reserves are dwindling and will run out in a little over five years, a new report has found. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University found a number of countries in the EU, including the UK, are facing critical shortages.

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UK fossil fuel supply 'will run out in five years'

Britain's oil, coal and gas reserves will run dry in a little over five years, according to a report into energy resources.

There needs to be a Europe-wide push towards renewable energy, researchers said. Credit: PA

A number of European countries, including France, Italy and the UK are facing critical shortages of fossil fuels as the 2020s begin, the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University.

Using the most recent data on known reserves and current consumption, researchers found the UK has 5.2 years of oil, 4.5 years of coal and three years of gas remaining.

Professor Victor Anderson, also from the institute, said: "Coal, oil and gas resources in Europe are running down and we need alternatives.

"The UK urgently needs to be part of a Europe-wide drive to expand renewable energy sources such as wave, wind, tidal, and solar power."

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