New top ten EU emitters now lists nine lignite power plants

Today, the European Commission published the preliminary 2017 emissions under the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Sandbag has analysed the data, and we explain in six graphics what you need to know.

1. Overall ETS emissions rose by 0.3% in 2017
2. Lignite and industry caused the rise in emissions
3. Lignite emissions overtook hard coal emissions for the first time
4. Industrial emissions rose by 2%
5. Aviation emissions continued to rise
6. Seven out of the top 10 EU emitters are in Germany