22 April 2021

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the EU Reduced by the Record 13.3% in 2020

Greenhouse gas emissions from operators covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) fell by 13.3% in 2020 compared to 2019 levels.

“The power sector witnessed a 14.9% decrease, reflecting both reduced electricity consumption due to the pandemic and previously identified decarbonization trends,” the European Commission said. These include both the switch from coal to natural gas-fired power generation, and the replacement of fossil fuels by renewable energy sources.

Emissions from industry decreased by an average of 7%, with reductions observed in most sectors including iron and steel at 11.7%, cement at 5.1%, chemicals 4% and refineries 8.1%, the EC said.

The Emissions Trading System is one of the key regulatory instruments of the EU’s climate policy.



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