UK leads Europe in carbon emissions cut

The UK cut the biggest greenhouse gas emissions than any other European country last year. That’s according to the European Environmental Agency (EEA), whose report shows a 6% or 36 million tonnes of carbon equivalent (Mt CO2) was reduced in 2011. The UK was followed by France (24 Mt CO2 or 5%) and Germany (17 […]

Economic recovery drove rise in EU greenhouse gases

EU greenhouse gas emissions were pushed up by the economic recovery and a cold winter in 2010, according to new figures. As many European countries emerged from the 2009 recession, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 2.4 % or 111 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The UK, Germany and Poland together accounted for more than half […]

EU citizens foot €169bn bill for air pollution

European citizens are footing a bill for air pollution of up to €169billion a year, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Three quarters of this price tag is down to the emissions from 622 or just 6% of the 10,000 largest polluting factories and plants in Europe. The EU’s green […]

EEA calls for tougher action on transport pollution

A report from the European Environment Agency reveals that in 2009 emissions from transport fell, but this was because of recession. The agency say things have to change, otherwise an increase of emissions is likely to occur when economic recovery returns. Professor Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Executive Director, said: “Emissions levels of almost all pollutants from […]