Emissions in the first quarter of 2022 increased in almost all EU Member States when compared with the same quarter of 2021, indicating a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Netherlands (-9%) and Finland (-1%) were the only Member States that registered a decrease in emissions in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the first quarter of 2021. Among the Member States with increased emissions in the same comparison period were Bulgaria (+38%), Malta (+21%) and Ireland (+20%). Cyprus is in the fifth position among the EU member states with an increase of 14.3% compared to the corresponding period a year ago.
When comparing the first quarter of 2020 with the same quarter of 2019, it revealed the opposite picture: almost all EU Member States registered a reduction in emissions at the beginning of the pandemic.
In the first quarter of 2022, EU economy greenhouse gas emissions totalled 1 029 million tonnes of CO2-equivalents (CO2-eq), a 7% and 6% increase compared with the same quarter of 2020 and 2021, but still below pre-COVID levels registered in the first quarter of 2019, when the EU economy emitted 1 035 million tonnes of CO2-eq.