Greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 8.7% in the EU in 2019
26 May 2020
The European Commission reports that emissions of greenhouse gases from all operators covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) reduced overall by 8.7% in 2019. Compared to 2018, there was an approximate 9% decrease in emissions from stationary installations, such as power plants and manufacturing installations, and a 1% increase of emissions from aviation, including all commercial aircraft operators and non-commercial aircraft operators with significant emissions.
Emissions from industry saw an overall decrease of 2%, with reductions in most sectors including the production of iron and steel, cement, chemicals and refineries. The biggest reduction was achieved in the power sector, with a decrease of 15% reflecting decarbonisation from coal being replaced by electricity from renewables and gas-fired power production.
Source: European Commission, May 2020