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Cyprus records fifth highest increase in gas emissions in the EU

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Cyprus recorded the fifth highest increase in greenhouse gas emissions among EU member states in the first quarter of 2022, according to a data published on Tuesday by Eurostat.

According to Eurostat estimates for the first quarter of the year for the entire European Union, between January and March 2022 emissions amounted to 1,029 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (a unit of measuring effects of various greenhouse emissions on climate change).

These emissions represent an increase of 7 per cent and 6 per cent respectively compared to the same quarter in 2020 and 2021.

Despite this, emissions remained at lower levels than those recorded in the first quarter of 2019, when emissions as a result of economic activity in the EU totalled 1,035 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents.

Greenhouse gas emissions were up in almost all Member States compared to the first quarter of 2021, with the only countries recording a decrease in 2022 being the Netherlands (down 9 per cent) and Finland (down 1 per cent).

“The documented increases were largely due to the effect of the economic rebound after the sharp decrease in activity due to the Covid-19 crisis,” Eurostat said.

The biggest increases between the first quarter of 2021 and 2022 were recorded in Bulgaria (up 38 per cent), Malta (21 per cent) and Ireland (20 per cent).

As for Cyprus, it saw a 14 per cent increase in emissions between the first quarters of 2021 and 2022, surpassing the EU average by 6 per cent.

“When comparing the first quarter of 2020 with the same quarter of 2019, it revealed the opposite picture: almost all EU Member States registered a reduction in emissions at the beginning of the pandemic”.

In Cyprus, greenhouse gas emissions had increased by 0.8 per cent per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

The study also concluded that the economic sectors responsible for most emissions were households (24 per cent), electricity/gas supply (21 per cent) and manufacturing (20 per cent), followed by agriculture (12 per cent) and transportation and storage (10 per cent).

Greenhouse gas emissions increased across all sectors compared to the first quarter of 2021, with the exception of household emissions which remained flat (245 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent).

The highest increases were recorded in transportation and storage (up 21 per cent), mining (up 15 per cent) and construction (up 11 per cent).

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