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Climate: more CO2 emissions in Estonia, Bulgaria, Hungary

Increases above EU average also in Romania and Poland

04 May, 16:00
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 04 MAG - Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased significantly in various Central- and Eastern European EU countries between 2016 and 2017, the EU statistical office Eurostat said today.

The highest increases were recorded, after Malta (+12.8% compared with 2016), in Estonia (+11.3%) and Bulgaria (+8.3%), followed by Spain (+7.4%) and Portugal (+7.3%), Eurostat noted.

CO2 emissions increased by 1.8% in the European Union.

Increases above the EU average were registered also in Hungary (+6,9%), Romania (+6,8%), Poland, (+3,8%), Slovakia and Lithuania (+3,7%), and Slovenia (+3,1%), while below the average increases were recorded in Croatia (+1,2%) and in the Czech Republic (+1%). The increase in Italy was 3.2%.

Decreases in CO2 emissions were registered in Finland (-5.9%), Denmark (-5.8%), the United Kingdom (-3.2%), Ireland (-2.9%), Belgium (-2.4%), Latvia (-0.7%) and Germany (-0.2%).

Eurostat informed that CO2 emissions "account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. They are influenced by factors such as climate conditions, economic growth, size of the population, transport and industrial activities." (ANSA).

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