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Polluting gas emissions fall by 4% in the EU in the fourth quarter of 2023

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by economic activity in the European Union (EU) fell by 4% in the fourth quarter of 2023, compared to the same period last year, Eurostat reports this Wednesday.

The European statistical service estimates that GHG emissions from the EU economy reached 897 million tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2e), compared to 935 million tons of Co2e in the fourth quarter of 2022, without compromising the Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) of the EU. block, which rose 0.2% in the same period.

Between October and December 2023, the economic sectors responsible for The largest year-on-year reductions in GHG emissions occurred in gas and electricity. (-17.2%) and manufacturing (-3.1%).

Among the Member States, the Estonia (-23%), Bulgaria (-17.0%) and Finland (-9.0%) recorded the biggest cuts. in polluting emissions, while Malta (7.7%), Slovenia (5.6%), Cyprus (2.3%), Slovakia (1.7%) and Greece (0.3%) saw theirs increase.

Portugal is among the 11 Member States that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions, by 2.1% at national level, while increasing GDP.

Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) is an international measurement that aims to establish equivalence between all greenhouse gases.

Source: Observadora

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