2015 ETS Emissions Analysis (1st April preliminary data)
Total emissions are 11mt down, or 0.6%, from 1813mt to 1802mt
Power and heat emissions fell 0.6%, from 1073mt to 1065mt
- This fall follows a massive 8% in 2014 power sector emissions, due to a record mild year. It is incredible that emissions in 2015 still fell as weather moved to be more “normal”.
- This underlines the large long-term trend of falling emissions in the European power sector as renewable electricity displaces fossil.
- UK coal power emissions saw a huge fall of 23%, whilst UK gas power also fell. See blog
- German lignite power emissions fell slightly slower than overall EUETS emissions, and are still responsible for 9.0% of all EUETS emissions. See blog
- Netherlands power emissions increased by 11% as new coal plants came online. However, emissions should fall again as older coal plants are decommissioned in 2016 and 2017.
- A dry region in Spain and Portugal significantly increased coal power emissions there; whilst a wet Nordic region led to lower coal generation in Denmark and Finland.
Industrial emissions fell 0.3% from 740mt to 738mt
- Emissions have fallen only very marginally.
- UK steel emissions fell 18%. Excluding this fall, total European industrial emissions were the same in 2015 as in 2014.