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Greece only EU member from Balkans that cuts emissions in 2015

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May 3, 2016

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While carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion increased by 0.7% last year in the European Union, results in countries followed by Balkan Green Energy News are mixed. Bulgaria fared the worst, fifth in the group registering an increase, according to data released by Eurostat. Slovakia led the jump with 9.5%, followed by Portugal, Hungary and Belgium, while the Balkan country was measured to have hiked emissions by 4.6%.

The gauge fell the most for Malta, 26.9%, underperformed by Estonia, Denmark and Finland, and Greece was fifth at 5%. In Southeastern Europe, only Slovenia also fared better than average, adding 0.5% in the volume of carbon dioxide, while Croatia increased emissions by 3.1%, Romania enlarged them by 2.4% and the measure for Cyprus jumped 1% from 2014, the report said.

The share of emissions of Germany in EU was at almost one quarter, while together with Britain, Italy and France the stake is 56%. In the region, Greece accounted for 2.2% of the total, followed by 2% attributed to Romania. Bulgaria made for 1.5%, Croatia was at 0.5%, while Slovenia and Cyprus had shares of 0.4% and 0.2%, respectively.

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