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GHG emissions reduced by 8.7% in Europe

On 4 May, DG CLIMA published a note stating that the EU’s overall 2019 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced by 8.7 per cent compared to 2018 levels. This was due to a 9 per cent decrease in emissions from stationary installations and a 1 per cent increase in emissions from aviation. Despite the unprecedented times characterised by the COVID-19 crisis, the aviation sector was able to fulfil its climate obligations. In fact, the aircraft operator’s level of compliance with the EU ETS was very high and more than 99 per cent of the emissions covered by allowances were reported.

The 1 per cent increase in aviation emissions (68.14 million tonnes CO2e in 2019) is significantly smaller compared to previous years (67.49 million tonnes of CO2e in 2018).

  • 54 per cent of these emissions were covered by allowances acquired from auctions or other sectors.
  • 46 per cent of these emissions were covered by the free allocation of 31.3 million allowances received.
  • 500 aircraft operators reported and complied.
  • Non-compliant operators are either small or ceased operating back in 2018.

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