UK helps lead the way as CO2 emissions from energy use drop 5%

by Search Gate staff. Published Mon 15 Jun 2015 12:25
Emissions are reduced across Europe
Emissions are reduced across Europe

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased by 5.0% in the European Union (EU) in 2014 compared with the previous year.

The UK recorded the fourth largest reduction in energy-related emissions last year behind Slovenia, Denmark and Slovakia but ahead of France.

The figures were revealed in a statistical report, published by Eurostat - the statistical office of the European Union

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 are currently underway with the aim of reducing emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

The report notes that imports and exports of energy products have an impact on CO2 emissions in the country where fossil fuels are burned: for example if coal is imported this leads to an increase in emissions, while if electricity is imported, it has no direct effect on emissions in the importing country, as these would be reported in the exporting country where it is produced.

The information on early estimates of CO2 emissions from energy use for 2014 was published today.

According to Eurostat estimates, CO2 emissions fell in 2014 in almost all EU Member States, except Bulgaria (+7.1%), Cyprus (+3.5%), Malta (+2.5%), Lithuania (+2.2%), Finland (+0.7%) and Sweden (+0.2%).

The largest decreases were recorded in Slovakia (-14.1%) and Denmark (-10.7%), followed by Slovenia (-9.1%), the United Kingdom (-8.7%) and France (-8.2%).

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