The 10 worst CO2 emitters in Europe, according to the Dublin start-up
According to CarbonSpace findings, only 10 countries are responsible for 92% of the region’s total carbon footprint.
New data from Dublin-based emissions monitoring start-up CarbonSpace has revealed the 10 worst carbon emitters in Europe. Germany tops the list, followed by the UK and Italy.
The startup’s research also found that the EU’s carbon emissions have fallen by 9% since 2015, but that’s only a fraction of the legally binding target reduce emissions by at least 55% from 1990 levels by 2030.
CarbonSpace, which uses AI to determine and track companies’ carbon footprints, published data today (December 16). His research on carbon emissions by country was validated by the European Space Agency (ESA), which funded the company through its AI startup accelerator.
The start-up, founded in 2020, also raised € 900,000 in a recent fundraising campaign led by The Yield Lab Europe and Rockstart. The company is one of several Irish start-ups working with ESA on a variety of projects. Last year alone, Irish start-ups won 11.5 million euros in contracts with ESA.
Using AI tools and satellite measurements, CarbonSpace has measured carbon uptake and emissions from farms, fields, forests and other land uses across Europe. He mapped emissions from human activity and biospheric flows.
According to CarbonSpace findings, only 10 countries are responsible for 92% of Europe’s total carbon footprint. These are Germany (24pc), UK (13pc), Italy (12pc), France (9pc), Poland (9pc), Spain (8pc), Netherlands (6pc), Belgium (5pc), Czech Republic (4pc) and Greece (2pc). The five worst emitters are responsible for two-thirds of the region’s footprint.
However, the top five emitting countries all appear to have reduced their carbon footprints since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2016, according to the data. Germany reduced its emissions by 3.8%, Italy by 6.6%, France by 13.6% and Poland by 5.6%. The UK, which was the second-largest net emitter in 2020, reduced its carbon footprint by 20.75% from 2016 to 2020.
CarbonSpace also looked at the 10 worst carbon emitters in the United States. The states of California and Texas are at the top of the list.
Earlier this year, the United Nations Environment Program warned that global emissions must be halved by 2030 in order to limit temperature increases to the Accord’s 1.5 degree Celsius target. from Paris.
Dr Oleg Demidov, CEO and co-founder of CarbonSpace, said the start-up’s goal in creating its tools was to “provide global carbon footprint transparency” and encourage “good management practices. improved and more sustainable land, especially in the agro-food and forestry sectors ”.
The 27 EU member states recently signed three Ministerial Declarations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) committing to step up work on initiatives to promote more sustainable production and consumption. The first statement deals with trade and environmental sustainability, while the second focuses on plastic pollution and environmentally friendly trade in plastics, and the third concerns the reform of fossil fuel subsidies.
Tánaiste and Enterprise, Trade and Employment Minister Leo Varadkar, TD, yesterday (15 December) welcomed the signing of the declarations by Ireland.
“Countries will work together to promote and facilitate trade in environmental goods and services, sharing their experiences of effective approaches to move towards a more circular, resource-efficient and environmentally friendly plastics trade, and the development of concrete options to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage waste, ”he said.
“Ireland looks forward to actively advancing this work over the next year in collaboration with our WTO partners.”
This week, Ireland also approved actions to support the implementation of the 2021 Climate Action Plan across all ministries. The plan committed Ireland to achieving a legally binding target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and a 51% reduction by 2030.
Environment, Climate and Communications Minister Eamon Ryan, TD said: “We have seen that we can work with the whole government to fight Covid. We must now give the same intergovernmental impetus to our work on climate action, so that we can meet our goals and create a cleaner and greener economy and society. “
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