Germany is Europe’s worst polluter

Although CO2 emissions in the European Union decreased overall by around 2.5 per cent in 2013 compared with 2012, emissions from fossil fuels rose in Germany by two per cent to 760 million tonnes, making it Europe’s worst polluter.

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, published on Wednesday estimates of CO2 emissions from energy use for 2013. CO2 emissions fell in 22 Member States. The largest decreases were recorded in Cyprus (-14.7 per cent), Romania (-14.6), Spain (-12.6), Slovenia (-12.0), Bulgaria and Greece (both -10.2).

However, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased in six Member States from 2012 to 2013: Denmark (+6.8 per cent), Estonia (+4.4), Portugal (+3.6), Germany (+2.0), France (+0.6) and Poland (+0.3). Germany recorded the highest level of CO2 emissions in absolute terms, followed by the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands. These seven countries accounted together for 77 per cent of total CO2 emissions among the 28 EU Member States in 2013.

 

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