ISPRA: Italy’s CO2 emissions keep falling

In 2017, dropped by 0.3% despite a 1.5% growth in GDP

20180517_2.jpgIn respect of a 1.5% increase in GDP, in 2017 Italy’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by 0.3%, which confirmed breaking the link between the economic growth and the emissions of climate-changing gases into the atmosphere. These findings come form he estimates regarding last year released in Rome on Tuesday by ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale - Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) at the presentation of the National Inventory of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Atmosphere 1990-2016.
The inventory accounts for 2016 greenhouse gas emissions of 428 million ton of CO2 equivalent, which was 1.2% less than in 2015 and 17.5% versus 518 m ton of the base year of 1990.
The Inventory explains that the fall in emissions was mainly due to the generation from gas and renewable sources and the increase in the energy efficiency in industrial sectors in the past years. In turn the emissions of the transport sector keep growing (+2.4% between 1990 and 2016), because of higher mobility of goods and passengers.
In particular, the evolution was positive also for the emissions of the energy industry, which between 1990 and 2016 diminished by 23.9%, in spite of an increase in thermoelectric production from 178.6 to 198.7 TWh and electricity consumption from 218.7 to 295.5 TWh. This results from the replacement of fuels of a higher carbon content with gas in the generation and industry.
As for agriculture, ISPRA indicates that between 1990 and 2016 the emissions fell by 13.4%, due to a lower number of livestock raised and a minor use of nitrogenous fertilizers. Moreover, in the recent years there was an increase in biogas production and collection from livestock effluents for energy purposes, which helped avoid significant methane emissions.


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16 May 2018 - 15:46 CEST