Industry across Europe is responsible for more than half of all carbon dioxide, particulate matter and other key pollutants emitted into the air, according to updated industrial pollution country profiles published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
A new EEA study shows that industry remains a major emitter of pollution. Country by country profiles (33) related to industry, and cover air and water emissions, waste generation (in this case from 2014), energy and water use.
While industry makes a significant contribution to Europe’s economic wellbeing, the EU’s Industrial Policy Strategy — aim for a low-carbon industrial sector: one that is based on circular material flows that draw less and less on natural resources, reduces pollutant emissions to air, water and land, and generates decreasing amounts of waste over time.
This set of industry country profiles show that the sector remains a significant source of pollution. While greenhouse gas and other pollution emissions have steadily decreased since 2007, the sector still emitted more than half of all carbon dioxide, non-methane volatile organic compounds, particulate matter (PM10), sulphur oxides and the heavy metals cadmium, lead and mercury into the air in 2015.
The energy industry, specifically large combustion plants, was responsible for a large share of releases of these pollutants.
The study shows that: