In the first quarter of 2023, greenhouse gas emissions of the EU economy totaled 941 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent (CO2-eq), a decrease of 2.9% compared to the same quarter in 2022 (969 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent), it said Eurostat on Wednesday.

Emissions in the first quarter of 2023 decreased in almost all EU countries, compared to the first quarter of 2022, except Ireland (+9.1%), Latvia (+7.5%), Slovakia ( +1.9%), Denmark (+1.7%), Sweden (+1.6%), and Finland (0.3%), where they increased.

The largest reductions in greenhouse gases were recorded in Bulgaria (-15.2%), Estonia (-14.7%) and Slovenia (-9.6%).

The figures show that, compared to the first quarter of 2022, emissions fell in 5 out of 9 economic sectors. The biggest decrease was recorded in “supply of electricity, natural gas” (-12.3%). The main sector in which emissions increased was “transport and storage” (+7.2%).