EU GHG Emissions Stats
By Paul Homewood
Under the Paris Climate Treaty, the EU has committed to reduce emissions of GHG by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030.
Let’s tale a look at progress so far. The latest available numbers from Eurostat are for 2012:
Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU- 28 (including international aviation but excluding LULUCF), stood at 4 682.9 million tonnes of CO2-equivalents in 2012. This figure marked an overall reduction of 17.9 % when compared with 1990, or some 1 019 million tonnes of CO2 -equivalents.
A sharp drop in the early 1990s is evident, and an even bigger one during the 2008 recession.
But what is much more interesting is the national split:
The countries which have made the biggest cuts are all ex Soviet Bloc states, where the closure of old, obsolete heavy industry in the early 1990s led to big cuts in emissions. For instance, emissions in the Czech Republic dropped by 24% between 1990 and 1994.
Amongst the original EU-15, the three biggest cutters have been the UK, Germany and Denmark, all at very similar levels.
The latest figures from DECC show that emissions in the UK have continued to drop at a fast rate. Including LULUCF, as required under the Paris Treaty, provisional figures for last year suggest a cut of 32%.
We often hear that the UK is lagging behind the rest of Europe in cutting emissions, but the reverse is actually true.