The European Union has achieved a nearly three percent reduction in harmful gas emissions, as reported by EU statistical agency, Eurostat.
According to their findings, in the first quarter of this year, the EU economy collectively emitted a total of 941 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, marking a significant 2.9 percent decrease compared to the same period last year when the figure stood at 969 million tonnes.
Households contributed the most to CO2 emissions, accounting for 24 percent, followed closely by industry at 20 percent. The energy supply sector stood at 19 percent, agriculture at 13 percent, and transport at 10 percent.
Bulgaria led the pack with a commendable 15.2 percent reduction, followed by Estonia (14.7) and Slovenia (9.6), setting an example for EU member states in curbing harmful gas emissions. However, some countries experienced an increase in pollution, notably Ireland (9.1 percent), Latvia (7.5), Slovakia (1.9), Denmark (1.7), Sweden (1.6), and Finland (0.3).
Eurostat highlights that in the majority of the 21 European countries that achieved emission reductions, there was no simultaneous decline in GDP.
The EU’s progress in reducing carbon emissions is a testament to its commitment to a greener future, with Bulgaria and Slovenia showcasing the positive impact of concerted efforts on a national level.”