EU’s greenhouse gas emission drops in 2021, says report

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A report from Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, has revealed that greenhouse gas emissions generated by economic activities of EU resident units stood at 3.6 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalents— a 22 per cent decrease compared with the results of 2008. 

The European manufacturing industry has the highest greenhouse gas emissions in 2021, with 800 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents, representing over 22 per cent of total GHG emitted, according to the latest analysis posted by the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat. 

Between 2008 and 2021, the largest relative decrease in GHG emissions was recorded in the mining and quarrying industry, with a drop of 42 per cent, followed by the supply of electricity, gas, stream, and air conditioning, with a 39 per cent decrease. 

The manufacturing sector also ranked in the list with a 23 per cent drop in GHG emissions. 

The latest analysis, which excludes the expected rebound in emissions in 2022, found the top five emitters of the 27 EU state members, namely Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and Spain, accounting for approximately 60 per cent of emissions of carbon dioxide. 

The report also noted that this year’s rebound in economic activity, as lockdowns were eased and nuclear and hydropower energy underperformed, has driven emissions higher in 2022.