EU greenhouse gases above pre-pandemic levels

EU greenhouse gases above pre-pandemic levels
Emissions in the last quarter of 2021 were slightly above the pre-pandemic value for same time period in 2019

Greenhouse gas emissions linked to the European Union’s economy rose above pre-pandemic levels in the last few months of 2021.

Emissions totalled more than a billion tonnes of CO2-equivalents in the last three months of 2021, slightly above the pre-pandemic value for same time period in 2019, according to an analysis by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.

The pandemic’s seismic effect on travel, logistics, and various other sections of the economy saw emissions plunge.

A spokesperson said: “EU economy greenhouse gas emissions in the fourth quarter of 2021 increased by per cent compared with the same quarter of 2020.

“This increase is largely due to the effect of the economic rebound after the sharp decrease of activity in 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis.”

In the fourth quarter of 2021, the economic sectors responsible for most emissions of greenhouse gases were households (22 百分), manufacturing and electricity supply (两个都 21 百分), followed by agriculture (12 百分) and transportation and storage (11 百分).

Greenhouse gas emissions in all sectors increased compared with the same period of 2020, with the highest increases recorded in transportation and storage (+18 百分), mining (+1 百分) and electricity supply (+10 百分).

然而, Eurostat states that tespite the effect of the economic rebound between the same quarters of 2020 和 2021, the long-term trend of EU greenhouse gas emissions displays a steady reduction.

In March a study found net zero 碳排放量 can be achieved by 2050 without harming economic growth.

Many countries are pursuing net zero emissions in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C.

The new study published by Oxford University Press used energy system and macroeconomic models to explore how these objectives could be reached and whether achieving them is possible with continuing economic growth through to 210