08 May 2019
Eurostat: CO2 emissions decreased in EU from 2017 to 2018
Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office, estimates that in 2018 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion significantly decreased by 2.5% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous 2017. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. They are influenced by factors such as climate conditions, economic growth, size of the population, transport and industrial activities.
According to Eurostat, the highest decreases are recorded in Portugal (-9.0%), Bulgaria (-8.1%), Ireland (-6.8%), Germany (-5.4%), the Netherlands (-4.6%) and Croatia (-4.3%). The estimate for Austria is a slight decrease of 1.1%. Austria accounts for 1.7% of all EU CO2 emissions in 2018. Increases were registered in eight Member States: Latvia (+8.5%), Malta (+6.7%), Estonia (+4.5%), Luxembourg (+3.7%), Poland (+3.5%), Slovakia (+2.4%), Finland (+1.9%) and Lithuania (+0.6%).
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