Lignite emits more than hard coal in EU ETS – Sandbag
jueves, 04 de abril de 2019 | Trading
European lignite plants constituted 18% of all emissions under the EU ETS in 2018, slightly higher than those of hard coal stations, according to environmental campaign group Sandbag.
“Lignite power emissions fell by only 3% in 2018, and are down only 14% since 2012,” Sandbag said late on Monday, quoting preliminary data from the European Commission.
Germany accounted for around half the emissions, with the rest from five countries: Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania.
By contrast, hard coal power emissions fell by 9% in 2018, accounting for 17% of the total, and are now 40% below 2012 emissions, Sandbag said.
“Almost all countries except Poland are now developing plans to phase-out hard coal and have plans to replace substantial amounts of this with wind and solar electricity.”
EU ETS emissions totalled 1.679bn tonnes in 2018, down 73m tonnes, or 4.2%, from the previous year, according to preliminary data published by the EC on Monday and analysed by Refinitiv.
The drop was due to the significant drop in power generation and heating emissions, while CO2 from industrial manufacturers was only slightly lower year on year, analysts said.
“Emissions falls are almost single-handedly a result of reduced generation from hard coal power plants,” said Sandbag.
The group said industrial emissions fell 1% last year and were just 1% below 2012 levels.
“There were small falls in iron and steel emissions as steel output fell slightly in the EU in 2018.”
Ryanair joined the environmental group’s list of top 10 carbon emitters, the first for a non-coal plant. The airline emitted 9.9m tonnes of CO2 last year, up 7% from 2017 but slightly below Leag’s coal-fired Boxberg, at 10.2m tonnes, in ninth place. However, not all installations have reported data, and once they do, Ryanair may be displaced from the list.
Poland’s Belchatow is Europe’s worst polluter, emitting 38.3m tonnes, followed by German RWE’s Neurath (32.2m tonnes) and Niederaussem (25.9m tonnes) plants.
Source: Montel News