CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion

Eurostat estimates that in 2014 CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased by 5.0% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year.

CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion are the major contributor to global warming and account for all EU greenhouse gas emissions. Theyare influenced by factors such as climate conditions, economic growth, size of the population, transportand industrial activities2. Various EU energy efficiency initiatives aim to reduce emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. It should also be noted that importsand exports of energy products have an impact on CO2 emissions in the country where fossil fuels are burned: for example if coal is importedthis leads to an increase inemissions, while if electricity is imported, it has no direct effect on emissionsin the importing country, as these would be reportedin the exporting country whereit is produced. This information on early estimates 3 of CO2 emissions from energy use for 2014 ispublished by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion

Italy estimate of CO 2 emissions from energy use

The report compare the 2013-2014  CO2 emission for each EU country, following  the Italy data:

  • 2013: 353.643.000 ton CO2
  • 2014: 329.171.000 ton CO2 (estimate)
  • rate 2014/2013: -24.472 ton CO2
  • % rate 2014/2013: -6,9%

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