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Germany now EU's worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise
by Staff Writers
Brussels (AFP) May 07, 2014


CO2 emissions from fossil fuels declines in EU
Brussels (UPI) May 7, 2013 - Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels declined by more than 2 percent for members of the European Union, the EU's statistical office said Wednesday.

Eurostat released estimates of CO2 emissions for the 28 members of the European Union. It said CO2 emissions declined by 2.5 percent in 2013, compared with a drop of 1.6 percent the previous year.

For individual member states, Eurostat said Germany had the highest level of CO2 emissions last year, followed by the United Kingdom and France. Together, the top seven emitters accounted for 77 percent of all CO2 emission for the 28 members of the EU last year.

Nevertheless, the statistics agency said CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels declined for every member state between 2012 and 2013 expect for Denmark, Estonia, Portugal, Germany, France and Poland.

Member states reporting the largest decreases in emissions were Cyprus, with a 14.7 percent decline year-on-year, Romania, with a 14.6 percent decline and Spain, with a 12.6 percent decline.

Members of the EU by 2020 are obliged to cut emissions by 20 percent of the 1990s benchmark and increase the share of renewable energy on their grids by 20 percent.

Eurostat said CO2 emissions are the primary contributor to global climate change and account for 80 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions from member states.

Germany is the European Union's worst polluter, with its production of CO2 gasses from fossil fuel rising by two percent in 2013 to 760 million tonnes, official data showed on Wednesday.

The EU's statistics agency Eurostat found that while emissions were cut across the 28-member bloc by an average of 2.5 percent in 2013, they actually went up in six countries, including Germany.

Denmark registered a 6.8 percent increase in CO2 emissions, in Estonia it was up by 4.4 percent, followed by Portugal (+3.6 percent), France (+0.6 percent) and Poland (+0.3 percent).

The strongest cuts in CO2, which account for 80 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions causing global warming, came from Cyprus, where emissions went down by 14.7 percent, followed by Romania (-14.6 percent) and Spain (-12.6 percent).

The EU produced a total 3.35 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2013, down from the total of 3.43 billion tonnes in 2012.

Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands account for 77 percent of the EU's CO2 emissions.

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