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Rise in Renewables Helps Emissions Drop 2.6% in EU

May 17, 2017, 3:20 PM

The volume of greenhouse gases emitted by participants in the European Union’s emissions trading system (ETS) fell by 2.6 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, the European Commission said.

Cedric Bleuez, director of consultancy Carbon Market Data, told Bloomberg BNA May 17 that the overall reduction in emissions from ETS participants in 2016 was the result, in particular, of the growth of renewable power generation.

Emissions from fixed installations, such as power plants and industrial facilities, fell by 2.7 percent, while emissions from aviation, which comprises only a small part of total ETS emissions, rose by 7.9 percent, ...