Eurostat: EU CO2 emissions increased slightly in 2015
Eurostat, the EU Statistics Office, estimates that in 2015 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased by 0.7% in the EU, compared with the previous year. 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. Various EU energy efficiency initiatives aim to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and different research initiatives, such as e.g. the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) or the JPI on Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe look at the impacts of climate change as a major societal challenge.
According to Eurostat estimates, CO2 emissions rose in 2015 in a majority of EU Member States, with the highest increases in Slovakia (+9.5%), Portugal (+8.6%) and Hungary (+6.7%). Austria's increase amounted to 3.3%. By contrast, CO2 emissions decreased in eight Member States, notably in Malta (-26.9%), Estonia (-16.0%), Denmark (-9.9%), Finland (-7.4%) and Greece (-5.0%).
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