[DATA] Malta has highest carbon emissions increase in 2012

New EU data shows Malta as European member state with major carbon increase

29 May 2013, 12:00am
The Marsa power station, which was expected to be decommissioned, is a major emitter of CO2. Photo: Ray Attard/Mediatoday
The Marsa power station, which was expected to be decommissioned, is a major emitter of CO2. Photo: Ray Attard/Mediatoday


Carbon dioxide emissions decreased in nearly all EU member states, except Malta (+6.3%), which registered the highest increase in CO2 emissions between 2011 and 2012.

Malta was followed by the United Kingdom (+3.9%), Lithuania (+1.7%) and Germany (+0.9%), data issed by the EU's statistical arm Eurostat showed.

The largest decreases were recorded in Belgium and Finland (both -11.8%), Sweden (-10.1%), Denmark (-9.4%), Cyprus (-8.5%), Bulgaria (-6.9%), Slovakia (-6.5%), the Czech Republic (-5.2%), Italy and Poland (both -5.1%).

In 2012, the member state with the highest level of CO2 emissions in absolute terms was Germany (728 million tons), followed by the United Kingdom (472 mn tons), Italy (366 mn tons), France (332 mn tons), Poland (297 mn tons) and Spain (258 mn tons). These six member states accounted together for more than 70% of total EU27 CO2 emissions in 2012.

Eurostat estimates that in 2012 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased by 2.1% in the EU27, compared with the previous year, after a fall of 4.1% in 2011. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and 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, while various EU energy efficiency initiatives aim to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.