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EU GHG Emissions Rise in 2017

May 31, 2019

By Paul Homewood



Laughably they call 0.7% a “small increase”. In fact it is evident that emission cuts have really dried up in the last few years:




Although they brag that emissions have dropped by 21% since 1990, a third of this was during the 1990s, due to radical deindustrialisation in Eastern Europe, and another third after the 2008 crash.


Meanwhile, greenies are upset that only eight EU countries are committed to phasing out coal power before 2030:


Environmental NGOs Climate Action Network Europe (CAN) and Sandbag criticised some EU member states for receiving EU funds intended to support the energy transition away from coal without having a clear plan to exit the climate-harmful fossil fuel. A report, which analyses the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 21 EU member states that still use coal, shows that only eight of these are committed to phasing out coal by 2030. According to the NGOs, the EU has to phase out all coal by that year to meet the commitments made under the Paris Climate Agreement. “Coal-reliant member states want to have their cake and eat it with just transition funding,” said Charles Moore, energy and policy analyst at Sandbag. “The European Commission can only continue to support these member states if they come up with realistic plans for moving away from coal.”

  1. May 31, 2019 11:21 am

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  2. Pancho Plail permalink
    May 31, 2019 11:29 am

    And slightly off-topic I found out today that my local council Cheshire West and Chester has just declared a climate emergency. Well, everything will be OK then.
    I look forward to community footstamping and sponsored tantrums.
    A conservative councillor praised her daughter for leading the way by taking part in a school strike. The blind leading the blind.

    • Barbara Elsmore permalink
      May 31, 2019 3:50 pm

      Same thing has happened here at the first meeting of the reorganised Dorset Council – Meeting hijacked by Extinction Rebellion and Friends of the Earth. Just try protesting about lack of care and rural buses, things within their powers to rectify, and the same sort of reaction would not be forthcoming.

  3. jack broughton permalink
    May 31, 2019 11:46 am

    I’m no great fan of Delingpole’s politics, but he made one good point in the article posted yesterday regarding a real and serious social issue. Because the main parties keep emphasising their “green” credentials they are encouraging the enviro-nutters to greater pseudo-religious disruptive action. What has been forgotten by all parties it seems is that good environmental objectives are a part of good-housekeeping economic policies not a substitute for them.

    Thus, we are paying massively under the CCA for no improvement in the environment or even any sensible reduction in world CO2 (if that really made any difference anyway). These massive subsidy payments come instead of health, social care and other important spends, not as well as.

    • matthew dalby permalink
      May 31, 2019 6:26 pm

      The latest disruptive action is a plan by Extinction Rebellion to use drones to shut down Heathrow Airport in July.
      Apart from the massive dissapointment of people potentially having holidays cancelled, or loosing out on business if foreign tourists can’t come here there is a very real risk to life.
      These people are despicable!
      According to the Terrorism Act 2000 the use or threat of action designed to influence the government is terrorism if it creates a serious risk to the health and safety of the public. Clearly this means flying drones over a busy airport is a terrorist act and Extinction Rebellion are a now terrorist organisation.
      Somebody should start a petition on the government website asking them to declare XR a terrorist group and shut them down. Sadly most people I know are fans of XR, so I’m struggling to get the 5 supporters needed to do it myself. If anyone wants to help out it would be appreciated, I need your email address so send me an email at and lets stand up against these idiots.

  4. Joe Public permalink
    May 31, 2019 12:06 pm

    No wonder they waited until nearly half-way thro’ 2019 to publish 2017’s data.

    If only other countries could perform as well as the UK.

    Strangely, the Greens are deafeningly silent on our enviable achievements.

    • Pancho Plail permalink
      May 31, 2019 5:20 pm

      But so sad that it is pointless but not cost free.

  5. May 31, 2019 1:22 pm

    “in 2017, of which the UK contributed 385 MtCO2” (not including maritime and air transport)
    in 2016 it was 389
    the EU in 2017 4,333 that’s 100.7% of 2016
    So 2016 was 4,303
    ie the 30 unit increase in 2017 was like the UK increasing its CO2 by 8%
    a number the libmob would consider significant
    cos they are proud of the 4 unit reduction the UK had
    4 units if a seventh of the EU rise

    BTW I don’t accept any of the claimed CO2 numbers cos the authorities have put them all through a lot of creative accounting.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      June 1, 2019 12:36 am

      “Less coal was used to produce heating and electricity” raises the question in my mind; did they use less heating or the same amount, but by burning wood and rubbish were they able to claim an advantage from the EU edict that burning wood (or household rubbish) doesn’t emit CO2?

  6. Gerry, England permalink
    May 31, 2019 1:44 pm

    In CityAM yesterday there an article about the UK’s largest solar company Solarcentury looking for a new owner. The chief exec believes that solar is ‘competitive, it’s winning based on price,’ as the price of renewables fall to historic lows. The article refers to a report published the day before that claims that solar and onshore wind will be consistently cheaper than fossil fuel energy within the next year. I think the report might be from the International Renewable Energy Agency – an impartial bunch no doubt. Lol

  7. A C Osborn permalink
    May 31, 2019 2:47 pm

    Paul, there is a devestating analysis of European Energy by the EurObserv’ER over at WUWT.

  8. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 31, 2019 2:59 pm

    If Boris can be dragged to court for ‘sales puff’, an awful lot of climate alarmists in government employ must expect a knock at the door too!

    • Gerry, England permalink
      June 1, 2019 10:11 am

      The Oaf is being taken to court for what was once considered a serious offence by politicians of ‘lying while in public office’ and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. While the Oaf is a serial liar and much more, he was not actually in public office at the time.

      I am not sure if the same offence would apply to the climate alarmists but we can but for a day of reckoning when they are in the dock explaining their actions.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        June 1, 2019 3:45 pm

        It wasn’t a lie, it was sales puff, and easily identifiable as such – the law recognizes that.

        No sane person thought the EU cost the UK exactly £350M and that would go straight to the NHS.

        That notion is a retro fabrication by the remainers who still can’t accept people made a sound intelligent legitimate decision. It goes into the long list of retro-fabrications, like the hard/soft idea, the idea of the ‘deal’ being important etc. or that the NI border is a real issue (and please don’t go into another barrage on that).

        However, the Environment Agency using sea level rise figures 10 times reality to cost justify projects is a straight forward lie.

      • Pancho Plail permalink
        June 1, 2019 8:04 pm

        I don’t see how repeating a figure from the Office of National Statistics Pink Book 2016, relating the year 2015, can be considered lying, unless you believe that the government’s own statistics were wrong.
        Now if you want to see something really suspicious, look at the figure for 2015 and all previous years in the 2017 edition of the book, and you will see that they have used a standard climate alarmist trick of changing the original figures. They are all down by about £4Bn. Not a lot of people know that (sorry Paul, couldn’t resist).

      • Stuart Brown permalink
        June 1, 2019 9:47 pm

        @Pancho – Interesting find! Since Boris may have been repeating a figure he was given by a mate (Nigel?) I do hope you’ve emailed that titbit to him for his defence.

  9. May 31, 2019 4:04 pm

    Sandbag at the end of April touted a story that the 2018 results are already in, but different metric.
    Today, the European Commission published the preliminary 2018 emissions under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)
    So that ETS covers just 40% of counted EU emissions
    (not real emissions, cos crazily bio fuel like wood is immediately discounted to zero)

    \\ 2018 emissions fell by 3.5% to 1754MTCO2 (or 3.9% to 1686MT excluding aviation). This is a slightly larger fall than we predicted in our January forecast of 1700MT.
    Last year we found emissions rose slightly (by 0.3%), so the fall isn’t as impressive as it seems, but still bucks the trend of global increases in emissions.//

    They use this thing called “EEA scope-adjusted emissions;
    2018 Sandbag calculation from EUETS provisional data)”
    scope adjusted ?

  10. Barbara Elsmore permalink
    May 31, 2019 4:06 pm

    Hey ho what fun.

    Just found out that the DMT will be striking in the week beginning 17 June putting South Western Railways out of action for Ascot plus the House and Gardens summer fair. I am very annoyed as I have tickets for the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A plus an advance rail ticket booked too.

    Extinction Rebellion will be back on the streets of London on 24 June not forgetting protests at President Trump’s visit. Is it better to live in London and have to put up with this or live outside and be unable to get in because of strikes and protests?

    Kind regards

    Barbara Elsmore


    • Pancho Plail permalink
      May 31, 2019 5:29 pm

      Barbara, do you think it is a good idea publishing your personal contact details? There are a lot of unpleasant people out there.

  11. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 1, 2019 3:59 pm

    The Met Office says the CET for May was entirely average (1961-90 base).

    It’s interesting that since February’s massive +3C above average CET, each following month has dropped the excess by about 1C.

    If the trend continues June should be 1C colder than ‘normal’. Of course it probably won’t be, but aside from some local heat this w/e, the long term forecasts currently look very normal.

    My prediction that it would not be a record breaking year in the UK – as the odds were that temperatures would revert to the mean – is currently looking more likely (but I’m not counting chickens just yet).

  12. Athelstan. permalink
    June 1, 2019 9:25 pm

    “EU GHG Emissions Rise in 2017”

    well no s**7 sherlock.

    The thing is, I really don’t get why Britain bears the brunt, why?

    the UK are the green poster boys – ain’t we?


    Why isn’t the adolescent redeemer, darling Greta demanding an extinction event for the Brussels politburo?

    indeed, why aren’t they extinction eventers shutting down Brussels and demonstrating outside the EU parliament?

    Why aren’t the greens and saviours of the walruses ‘rattling cages’ stopping the traffic, being a general pain, all along the Unter den Linden, outside the bundestag in Berlin?

    Could it be that greta and ‘team Greta’ are actually set to ticking and manoeuvred by erm, Berlin, the Hungarian boy George and the EU?

    I know that the above listed greatly dislike Britain, and triggering our own green loons will greatly amuse them in Berlin and the more the UK industrial base is rendered – hey it’s all GREAT ball busting Britain!

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