EU Posts 2.5% Emissions Cut in 2018
While global greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1.7% in 2018, driven largely by China, India, and the United States, the European Union fared better, with early estimates from Eurostat indicating a 2.5% drop in 2018 CO2 emissions compared to 2017.
Twenty of the EU’s 28 member states achieved reductions, reports Electrek, with six countries reducing their 2018 CO2 emissions by more than 4%.
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Portugal continued its climate leadership, with an “incredible” estimated decrease of 9%, followed by Bulgaria (8.1%), Ireland (6.8%), Germany (5.4%, or 4.2% according to its own environmental agency), The Netherlands (4.6%), and Croatia (4.3%).
Emissions increased in Latvia (8.5%), Malta (6.7%), Estonia (4.5%), Luxembourg (3.7%), Poland (3.5%), Slovakia (2.4%), Finland (1.9%), and Lithuania (0.6%).
Another recent Eurostat report found that among EU states with available data to 2017, five countries showed electric/hybrid car registrations above 1%. Sweden led at 2.4%, followed by Poland (1.9%), the United Kingdom (1.5%), France (1.4%), and Belgium (1.2%).
“These numbers should get even more interesting once 2018 and 2019 are included,” notes Electrek, adding that “European electric car leader Norway is not an EU member state and won’t be included in these figures.”