Hungary generated a -0.8% decrease in terms of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion in 2018 compared with the previous year, reported Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The EU average was -2.5%, Eurostat estimated.
CO2 emissions fell in 2018 in a majority of EU Member States, with the highest decrease recorded in Portugal (-9%), followed by Bulgaria (-8.1%), Ireland (-6.8%), Germany (-5.4%), the Netherlands (-4.6%), and Croatia (-4.3%).
Increases were registered in eight Member States: Latvia (+8.5%), followed by Malta (+6.7%), Estonia (+4.5%), Luxembourg (+3.7%), Poland (+3.5%), Slovakia (+2.4%), Finland (+1.9%), and Lithuania (+0.6%).
CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. They are influenced by factors such as climate conditions, economic growth, size of population, transport and industrial activities, Eurostat said.