Who would be the ten biggest polluters in Europe?

Using data gathered by Transport & Environment (T&E), this organization, which brings together around fifty NGOs, has established a ranking of the top ten polluters in Europe.

No French are included. The first six places are occupied by coal-fired power plants – the first of which is the power plant thermal power plant in Bechatów, Poland, followed by five German power stations – as well as the ninth and tenth places.

Tackling pollution in the transportation sector

For the first time, T&E mentions thecontainer ship and cruise ship owner italo-swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). According to T&E, MSC released 10.72 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019 and thus rose to seventh place on the list, ahead of the Irish airline Ryanair, responsible for the emission of 10.53 million tonnes of CO2, compared with 32.74 million tonnes for the power plant de Bechatów.

Transport companies are not yet integrated into the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), but the European Commission intends to include them in 2021 to encourage them to reduce emissions greenhouse gas.

with Reuters (Marine Strauss and Kate Abnett; French version Nicolas Delame, edited by Blandine Hénault)