The Netherlands is just about the only EU country where greenhouse gas emissions were considerably lower last winter than a year earlier, when the corona virus was still raging. In almost the entire European Union, more CO2 and other gases that harm it started to get into the air.
August 16, 2022
According to Eurostat statistics, the 27 EU countries emitted 1.029 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in the first three months of this year. This is a measure that also includes the consequences of, for example, methane and nitrous oxide for the climate, such as those for CO2, so that they are handy to add up.
The EU is no longer inferior to the first quarter of 2019, the last months before the pandemic broke out. Then the emissions were 1.035 billion tons. Compared to the quarter, however, it is favorable to the last of 2021. At the end of last year there was even an increase compared to three years ago.
In addition to the Netherlands (minus 9 percent), Finland also recorded a decline, albeit minimal. All other EU countries emitted more than last year, with Bulgaria, Malta and Ireland leading the way.
The EU has agreed 20 by 2030, 55 percent less than in 1990. In the EU, it should even be completely done.