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EU’s CO2 Emissions On The Rise, Blaming Cold Winter

June 7, 2017

By Paul Homewood

From GWPF:



According to new data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), the 0.5% increase happened largely due to increasing demand for transport – better fuel efficiency in the sector was not enough to offset this.

The report suggests a slightly colder winter across Europe also contributed to increased emissions, due to higher demand for heating.

Road transport emissions, which account for about a fifth of total EU greenhouse gas emissions, increased for the second year in a row, by 1.6 %. Aviation emissions also increased by 3.3 %.

The increase in emissions was relatively slight, compared to the strongest annual economic growth (2.2 %) witnessed in the EU since 2007 and following a 4% decrease in emissions in 2014.

Spain, Italy and the Netherlands accounted for the largest increases in greenhouse gas emissions, with the UK showing the largest decrease (7.5%) of the European Member States.

Am I surprised it is the UK that is leading the lemmings?

  1. June 7, 2017 10:41 am

    With the CCA still in existence, and LibLabCon in thrall to the EU Renewable Energy Directive, which Tony Bliar signed up to (to give the UK the highest renewable energy increase by 2020), no you should not be surprised. Heavy industry is disappearing at a rapid rate.

    • June 7, 2017 10:47 am

      I should have added that the true figures are probably totally different, because these are only guesstimates. The UK is probably the only country that attempts to be honest. All the other country’s emissions have probably gone up a lot more than shown, as there is no independent validation of the numbers..

    • richard verney permalink
      June 7, 2017 11:06 am

      Is the UK’s reduction in CO2 emissions achieved on the back of heavy industry recession, such as the recent closing down of the steel plants?

      Another alternative is the switch to biomass at DRAX. As everyone knows biomass is given a free pass, when in reality the burning of biomass produced considerably more CO2 than does the burning of coal. It is just that disingenuous ENRON style accounting hides the true and real emission data.

      Either way, a significant drop in CO2 emissions is not a good sign, and certainly not for the UK economy.

    • Jongo permalink
      June 8, 2017 1:41 am

      Has gone, long ago.

      • richard verney permalink
        June 8, 2017 2:53 am

        I agree that our manufacturing heavy industries have been in decline for years.

        But 2015 and 2016 saw further cut backs in the steel industry. See:

        Steel is a very CO2 intensive industry, so the further demise of that sector could be an explanation as to why the UK’s CO2 emissions reduced far more than the other 27 EU member states.

        Just speculating since it appears that the UK is out of kilter with the rest, and there must be some reason for that.

  2. Dung permalink
    June 7, 2017 10:47 am

    How does Germany build more power stations burning Lignite and still reduce emissions, we should learn the trick ASAP

    • June 7, 2017 10:48 am

      I think I’ve answered your question with my comment above, posted at the same time.

  3. June 7, 2017 11:05 am

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Ahh the delicious irony! EU CO2 emissions rising – whilst they lambast Trump whose emissions are declining – all the while blaming it on “Cold” weather which obviously corrupts the “CO2 = warming” narrative! 🙈

  4. June 7, 2017 11:10 am

    Don’t you just love the five figure accuracy?

  5. Joe Public permalink
    June 7, 2017 12:18 pm

    “EU’s CO2 Emissions On The Rise, Blaming Cold Winter”

    From the actual report

    “The increase in emissions was triggered by the higher heat demand by households and services due to slightly colder winter conditions in Europe,” Begs the question ‘since when?’

    I *sense* that’s Bullshit.

    The *number* of HEATING degree days (see below for definition) increases in INVERSE proportion to the external temperature

    The Euro Enviro Agency publishes figures for Heating Degree Days, and sadly it’s last year of data is 2014, despite it being published on Dec 2016

    Scroll down to “Fig. 1: Time series of population-weighted heating and cooling degree days averaged over Europe”


    Note also that the Y-axis scales between Heating DD and Cooling DD differ considerably.

    Degree days is a measure of the difference between the baseline and the actual outdoor temperature multiplied by the number of days. For example – the temperature measured hourly records a temperature of:

    7.5ºC for 48 hours the degree days total would be: (15.5 – 7.5) x 2 = 16

    Note – it is not possible to have a negative degree day value as when the outdoor temperature exceeds 15.5ºC no heating is needed. When the outdoor temperature does exceed the 15. 5ºC baseline, then the degree days are set to zero.

  6. Gerry, England permalink
    June 7, 2017 12:46 pm

    Cold weather requires more heating? Well, who’d have guessed? So with the reports of Finland still being in Winter, I guess they will be using a lot more heating than expected. Also reported on iceagenow is increasing ice in the Arctic. Yes, that’s correct. Ice is increasing during the melting season. It refers to the Barents Sea which would suggest it is part of the cold that Finland and eastern Russia is experiencing.

  7. June 7, 2017 2:06 pm

    It’s difficult to reconcile the fact that the country whose scientists and engineers gave the world the Industrial Revolution is the same country whose politicians (aided and abetted by environmentalists and the media) gave the world the De-industrial Revolution.

    • tom0mason permalink
      June 7, 2017 2:39 pm

      Indeed Phillip, Britain progresses slowly with its 2 centuries forward, 3 centuries back , approach.

  8. Francis Bowkett permalink
    June 7, 2017 8:05 pm

    And during the time period when emissions were increasing, how much money was “invested” in new sources of “green” power and how much were taxpayers/ratepayers forced to provide in subsidies for existing “green” power sources?

  9. Graeme No.3 permalink
    June 7, 2017 11:09 pm

    Was the 014/15 winter more severe than the next one (2015/16) or the recent (2016/17) winter? If not then you would think that emissions will rise over the next 2 sets of figures – unless they homogenise the emissions.

  10. June 8, 2017 1:09 am

    A COLDER winter – surely we would have have read that across all the headlines across all MSM !!!

    You know – just like when it’s a hotter Summer .
    (SARC of course )

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