Harmful emissions’ levels continue to fall in Italy

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Italy continues to work on reducing harmful emissions. Based on available data for 2021, as a result of the recovery of economic activity, greenhouse gas emissions in Italy have increased by 4.8% compared to 2020. Compared to 2019, the last year before the pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.2%. "The trend estimate of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere - Ispra writes in a statement - aims to verify the dissociation between economic activity and pressure on the natural environment, which occurs when the growth rate of emissions is lower than that of economic activity. This occurs when the rate of growth of emissions is lower than the rate of growth of economic activity. On the whole, therefore, it can be seen that our country managed to make its energy use more efficient last year. Industry, for example, emitted 8.4% more greenhouse gases than the previous year, but with a much greater increase in industrial production (+14.6). Thanks to lower coal use (-35%), the energy production sector reduced its emissions by 1.5%. Looking back over the last 30 years, in 2019 total greenhouse gas emissions, expressed in CO2 equivalent, were already 19% lower than in the base year (1990). In absolute figures, they fell from 519 to 418 million tonnes. The energy production and transport sectors have the greatest impact. Road transport is the most significant source in the transport sector, accounting for 23% of total national CO2 equivalent emissions in 2019. From 1990 to 2019, greenhouse gas emissions from the sector increased by 4%. On the other hand, emissions from the energy industries sector have decreased significantly, falling by 33% in 2019 compared to 1990. 

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