Stronger industrial output pushed up Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions for the first time in seven years, according to new analysis.

Carbon analysts at Thomson Reuters examined data from the European Union (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which covers about 45% of the union’s output.

Ingvild Sorhus, lead carbon analyst at Thomson Reuters, said: “The European economy grew 2.5% last year.

“Solid growth in the European economy resulted in increased activity leading to higher emissions.”

Power station emissions down

Capped emissions from power stations and heating systems fell by 1%.

Yet the overall total was 1.8% higher following a rise in emissions from industry.

The EU ETS is designed to deliver around two thirds of the reductions needed to meet the EU’s target of reducing emissions by 20% from 1990 levels.

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