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Biggest polluters in the European Union (EU-28) 2010-2018

Since 2010, these sites have consistently been some of the European Union's biggest polluters. In each year shown, the Bełchatów lignite-fired power plant in Poland was the biggest polluter, with its annual carbon dioxide emissions rising from 30 million metric tons of CO2 (MtCO2) in 2010 to 38 MtCO2 in 2018. The biggest polluters over the past decade have been coal power plants, with many located in Germany. The Neurath power station has seen it's CO2 emission levels increase considerably during this time, rising to 32 MtCO2.

Although coal plants are typically the worst offenders for carbon dioxide emissions, in 2018 a shipping company became one of the EU's biggest polluters. This was the Swiss/Italian Mediterranean Shipping Company, which emitted approximately 11 MtCO2.

Carbon dioxide emissions of some of the European Union's (EU-28) biggest polluters from 2010 to 2018

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Figures are based on EU ETS and shipping MRV reports

This statistic was assembled from articles from several sources. The most recent articles are available here and here

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