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CO2 Emissions Rose In The EU Last Year

May 3, 2016

By Paul Homewood



From Eurostat:

Eurostat estimates that in 2015 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased by 0.7% in the European Union (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. It should also be noted 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.

This information on early estimates of CO2 emissions from energy use for 2015 is published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Largest falls in CO2 emissions in Malta and Estonia, highest increases in Slovakia and Portugal According to Eurostat estimates, CO2 emissions rose in 2015 in a majority of EU Member States, with the highest increases being recorded in Slovakia (+9.5%), Portugal (+8.6%) and Hungary (+6.7%), followed by Belgium (+4.7%) and Bulgaria (+4.6%). Decreases were registered in eight Member States, notably in Malta (-26.9%), Estonia (-16.0%), Denmark (-9.9%), Finland (-7.4%) and Greece (-5.0%). Change in CO2 emissions, 2015/2014 (estimated).






All this despite stagnant economic growth in the EU and the bill for Germany’s energiewende forecast to rise to Eu31 billion this year.

  1. May 3, 2016 6:59 pm

    Not so surprising when they’re burning wood chips instead of coal , putting CO2-intensive biofuel into petrol and diesel, and running gas and coal power plants on standby whenever the wind decides to blow.

  2. The Old Bloke permalink
    May 3, 2016 9:13 pm

    It is only an estimate and as such carries no weight whatsoever so what you have here is an estimate of an estimate. Laughable.

  3. Graeme No.3 permalink
    May 3, 2016 10:09 pm

    I am pleased to see Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain wih increased emissions, which I take to be a sign of economic recovery underway. Of course they are coming off a lower base due to recession/depression, so the answer for the EU is to induce a deep europe wide depression and get emissions down overall.
    And to really add to the gloom I recommend that the salaries (and other lurks) of the EU bureaucrats be cut by at least the % amount of the proposed emission reductions.

  4. Herve deveaux permalink
    May 8, 2016 9:04 am

    Malta’s decrease is mainly due to the new interconnector between Malta and Sicily.
    Well done Malta.
    Italian emissions obvoiusly took a hit but who cares

  5. May 9, 2016 1:45 pm

    Couple that with this great comment

    Division of labor:
    scientists say Do Something –> politicians use as an excuse to Do Anything.
    When pressed on the fact that their advocacy is used for destructive policies, scientists ludicrously mumble something like ‘I’m not into policy’. When asked why the 2ºC target is given so much importance, they simply say it’s the ‘internationally-agreed’ target as if that had any relevance. It’s an endless pass the buck.

    And then they always have the excuse that whatever waste of money has been concocted by the climate bureaucrats is ‘better than nothing’. Well, no; some things are in fact worse than doing nothing. E.g., the EU is spending over €Xbn a year on climate policies and the effect is indiscernible. (actually negative)

    * from a reply to a Steve McIntyre comment about Ontario’s double waste of windpower money

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