Greece reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 3 pct in 2016, according to a report issued by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Per capita carbon dioxide emissions in Greece were 6.06 tonnes in 2016, 21 pct lower than in 1990 when they were at 7.66 tonnes.
Global CO2 emissions were stalled for a third consecutive year, with China again occupying the spot of top polluter, followed by the United States and European Union, India, Russia and Japan.
Emissions in the EU were 3.4 gigatonnes in 2016, or 21 pct lower than in 1990 and 18 pct lower than in 2015. EU emissions in both 2015 and 2016 accounted for 9.6 pct of emissions worldwide.
The most significant increases in CO2 emissions were in developing countries, such as the Philippines, Pakistan, Ukraine and others.
The JRC report tracks emissions of the three main anthropogenic ‘greenhouse’ gases: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Methane and nitrous oxide are mainly produced by farming and are tending to rise, while CO2 emissions are tending to stay stable.
Total emissions of all three gases in Greece reached their peak in 2007 but have since dropped steadily up until 2012, the last year for when figures are available.