Slight rise of EU ETS emissions for first time in seven years, most top 10 emitters in Germany
Total EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) stationary emissions rose by 0.3 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year – the first rise in seven years, according to an analysis by British climate NGO Sandbag, based on provisional EU data. Lignite emissions rose by 3 percent, their first rise since 2012, overtaking hard coal emissions for the first time, Sandbag says. Germany had by far the highest lignite emissions in the EU. The EU’s top 10 emitters are now mainly lignite, and mainly in Germany, according to the study.
For background, read the CLEW article Energy sector drives slight drop in German emissions in 2017 and the factsheet Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets.