EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 3% in First Quarter while Economy Grew

Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union fell by nearly 3% in Q1 2023, despite slight economic growth. The EU emitted 941 million metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents, down 2.9% from the previous year, while 1.2% of economic growth was found. The bloc aims for net-zero emissions by 2050 and has banned the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035. Emissions decreased in 21 EU countries, with the largest drops in Bulgaria, Estonia, and Slovenia. However, Ireland, Latvia, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland saw emissions rise. Households accounted for a quarter of emissions, while manufacturing contributed a fifth. The electricity and gas supply sector saw the most significant decline in emissions.



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