Thursday 14 December 2017

EU greenhouse gas emissions show first rise since 2010

It is the first such increase since 2010 (AP)
It is the first such increase since 2010 (AP)

A new report shows that greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union rose in 2015 - the first increase since 2010.

The European Environment Agency said emissions grew by 0.5% compared with 2014, mainly due to increases from transportation and a colder winter.

The report released on Thursday comes as the EU is trying to emphasise its commitment to combating climate change.

Greenhouse gases are a major contributor to man-made climate change and most countries around the world have pledged to reduce emissions under the Paris climate accord.

The European Environment Agency noted that the EU has achieved a long-term reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 to 2015 of 22.1%, despite economic growth of 50%.

Press Association

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