First drop in EU bunker emissions in two decades

EU greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and aviation, also called bunker fuel emissions, dropped for the first time in nearly 20 years, according to an analysis of 2008 emissions data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Wednesday.

The EEA found that shipping emissions fell by 2.1% to 171 million tonnes, while aviation emissions held steady at their 2007 level of 139 million tonnes. The drop in shipping emissions was due at least in part by the recession, said the agency.

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