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Posted on 12 June 2012

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Greenhouse gases from the European Union rose more than 2 percent

Greenhouse gases from the European Union rose more than 2 percent in 2010 when a cold winter and a rebound in many economies drove up energy use, breaking a multi-year pattern of emissions declines. The year-on-year rise in the official EU data released recently was slowed by emissions declines in struggling Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

Higher use of renewable energy and natural gas, which is lower in carbon than other fossil fuels, also limited the increase, but a collapsed carbon price has taken away the incentive for low-carbon investment and spurred carbon-intensive coal. International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol said it would be a surprise to him if emissions did not continue to grow, chiefly because of the impact of a collapsed carbon price. The IEA has already said global emissions hit a record in 2011.

From 2009-2010, EU emissions increased by 2.4 percent, or 111 million metric tons of carbon, a faster increase than gross domestic product, which grew by 2 percent.