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EU Emissions Rise, While UK’s Fall.

June 18, 2018
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By Paul Homewood


One more analysis I wanted to do from the BP Energy Review is the year-on-year changes in emissions of CO2 within the EU.

Overall, emissions in the EU increased by 1.5% in 2017, almost as much as the global increase of 1.6%. (These figures are after adjusting for leap years.) Also be aware that BP’s figures reflect only those through consumption of oil, gas and coal for combustion related activities. They do not include Land Use changes, or other GHGs.


When we analyse by country, there is a start contrast between the drop in emissions in the UK, and the increases in most other EU states. Spain particularly stands out, with emissions rising each year since 2014, and now standing higher than in 2010.





If we look at percentage changes, we can see that Croatia, Denmark and Finland have also made substantial cuts:





Not for the first time, we have to ask ourselves why the UK govt is prepared to cripple our economy when the rest of Europe, not to mention the world, don’t appear to give a toss.

  1. David Richardson permalink
    June 18, 2018 8:05 pm

    I thought the whole idea of these CO2 figures was to make them up as you go along. Wasn’t that the outcome of the Paris jamboree? So nobody could be held accountable at all. I have often seen it suggested that the Chinese emissions are pure fantasy.

    I am surprised the EU are admitting to it anyway. I expect that they will have been talking to climate scientists and arranging to have some “adjustments” made.

  2. spetzer86 permalink
    June 18, 2018 8:07 pm

    Be interesting to see CO2 output graphed against industrial output for the EU.

    • paul weldon permalink
      June 19, 2018 8:10 am

      A very relevant point. Would also be interesting to see where the reductions occurred, between oil, gas and coal. I suspect that ”outsourcing” has a large effect on a county’s emissions, partly from richer to poorer EU countries where production is cheaper, to imports from expanding economies such as China. How much of the UK reductions come from the reduction of coal use in power stations? Looking at the broader picture may make it easier to assess how future emission targets can be met (if that is indeed possible).

      • nigel permalink
        June 19, 2018 9:39 am

        The effect of “out-sourcing” (on attributing ultimate “responsibility” for emissions or waste products) was discussed on this site a few months ago. Statistics at the national level, can be a bit misleading. But, because most international trade is actually regional trade, the effect pretty much “washes out,” once you reach a large enough statistical unit unit, like “Europe” or “East Asia.”

        A division of the world economy into three bits (Old Rich, New Rich, Wanna Be Rich) is sufficient. The emissions from the territories of the first bit will stagnate, while the emissions from the other two will continue to soar exponentially.

  3. HotScot permalink
    June 18, 2018 8:37 pm

    How about we cut funding for renewables and chuck some of the money, which would represent loose change, at the NHS instead of having to endure another tax rise because Hunt the cnut can’t manage his portfolio.

    Won’t be long before we’re paying 50%VAT on everything.

    Effing socialist conservative party.

  4. Bitter@twisted permalink
    June 18, 2018 9:52 pm

    All thanks to the English graduate, Barrenness Worthlessness’ wet dream- the Climate Change Act.
    A monstrous albatross chained around our collective necks.

  5. markl permalink
    June 18, 2018 11:36 pm

    There seems to be a race between the UK and Australia to see which will destroy its’ economy and living standard first through “carbon” mitigation. Meanwhile the rest of the world watches and replaces, plus some, carbon to make up for any losses.

  6. Ian Wilson permalink
    June 19, 2018 7:20 am

    Not surprising UK emissions are dropping when the Climate Change Act has shut down so much of our industry – our aluminium production gone so we now import the metal from China and according to Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos 28 chemical plants alone.

  7. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 19, 2018 7:59 am

    There’s probably devil in the detail. Are wood burning emissions and directly associated transport/land impacts fully accounted or accounted politically as zero? Is energy via interconnects counted at generation source or point of use – I believe we mainly import? Even if we assume we are using French nuclear, that is not a permanent genuine drop. So UK’s ‘progress’ may not be entirely as it appears. Although we definitely seem determined to inflict self-harm on economic competitiveness, to a vastly more significant degree than Brexit, yet no one ever talks about this real damaging cost of ‘decarbonisation’.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      June 19, 2018 1:27 pm

      We are also using Dutch coal and imported wood pellets – the BritNed connects directly to the power stations at Maasvlakte, at the entrance to Rotterdam harbour. Only when those are shut down can imports come from other sources – and usually it means that we get no imports on that line, or that we are exporting.

  8. Athelstan permalink
    June 19, 2018 9:30 pm

    who needs industry and manufacturing – eh?

    Britain hurtling ever faster to energy crisis and industrial suicide via her self imposed act of Hara Kiri aka the CCA 2008.

    the wimin are winnin’ all thanks to RED ED milipeed, later; huhne, davey, to amber crudd, claire dingbat perry and presided over by mother theresa and the green blob allies.

    Bust we certainly will be and MORE EU & QE won’t solve this one.

    Dear Lord, we had the opportunity to bin it all on June 24th 2016 a chance to chuck it all over the side and what did they do – they gave us the maybot and ‘leave the EU’ became a chimera, after that can you believe it, sometimes I get nostalgic for dave and george…………come back lads, all is forgiven.

  9. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 20, 2018 6:02 pm

    But we now have a CO2 shortage!

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