Post-covid recovery drives rebound in EU emissions

The EU recorded a 7% increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2020, according to the latest estimates from Eurostat, although they have not returned to pre-pandemic levels.

by Simon Pickstone
Niederaussem coal-fired power plant, near Cologne, August 2022. EU emissions have almost returned to pre-covid levels as the economy recovers. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
Niederaussem coal-fired power plant, near Cologne, August 2022. EU emissions have almost returned to pre-covid levels as the economy recovers. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

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