EU greenhouse gas emissions up in 2010
EEA reports 2.4% growth in emissions over previous year
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its latest greenhouse gas inventory, showing that European greenhouse gas emissions increased by 2.4% in 2010 over the previous year. This figure equates to 111 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, and has been attributed to the economic recovery of many European states, alongside the effects of a colder European winter. The results suggest a clear link between GDP growth and emission increases, with falls in emissions largely being recorded in countries such as Greece and Spain where GDP was negative.
The EEA reported that energy production was responsible for 30.3% of total emissions during the year, driven higher by increased energy demands from both the commercial and residential sector. Primary energy consumption across the EU was up 3.2%, but was partially offset by a strong growth in the renewable energy sector which grew by 12.7% in 2010.
Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom accounted for 56% of the total EU net increase in greenhouse gas emissions, whilst Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Lativia were amongst the countries with the highest relative emissions growth. Road transport emissions in 2010 fell again, whilst industry emissions of hydroflourocarbons showed a significant increase – a continuous trend since 1990.