Germany and Poland were singled out as the biggest industrial polluters in the European Union (EU), in a report released yesterday by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Britain, France, Italy, Romania and Spain followed in the list. The study is based on 2009 data findings that included carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
“Approximately a fifth of the cost of industrial air pollution in Europe comes from facilities in Germany – the highest proportion of any country in the EU,” EEA Director Jaqueline McGlade said in a statement.
However, if the EU’s biggest industrial polluters were ranked taking into account the size of their economy, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic would come out on top, the EEA indicated. The agency said it calculated that “damage costs” from the pollution spewing out of the EU’s 10,000 largest industrial facilities amounted to between EUR 102 bln and EUR 169 bln. Most of the pollution was caused by large power plants, and, to a lesser extent, refineries and steelworks.