Coal a ma­jor pol­lu­tant

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HELSINKI: Coal-fired power sta­tions are re­spon­si­ble for the most pol­lu­tion in Europe, with Bri­tain among the top pol­luters, the EU says.

The Euro­pean En­vi­ron­ment Agency said in a re­port on Sun­day that half of the plants re­spon­si­ble for the largest re­leases of air and wa­ter pol­lu­tion were in Bri­tain, with a to­tal of 14. Ger­many was se­cond with seven, fol­lowed by France and Poland, each with five.

The agency re­viewed emis­sions data from 35 000 in­dus­trial plants in 2015 – the lat­est avail­able data – in­clud­ing power sta­tions, petro­chem­i­cal re­finer­ies and metal pro­cess­ing units from the 28 mem­bers of the EU, and Ice­land, Liecht­en­stein, Nor­way, Switzer­land and Ser­bia.

It said that “good progress is be­ing made by the EU to­ward its cli­mate and en­ergy pol­icy ob­jec­tives for 2020 and 2030. How­ever, it noted that coal re­mained the most used fuel in large com­bus­tion plants – power plants, re­finer­ies, large chem­i­cal plants and steel­works – de­spite a de­creas­ing amount be­ing used over re­cent years, and a three­fold in­crease in biomass use be­tween 2004 and 2015.

Coal is still re­spon­si­ble for the largest re­leases of car­bon diox­ide, sul­fur diox­ide and ni­tro­gen ox­ides into the en­vi­ron­ment.

The worst of­fend­ers in 2015 were the Belcha­tow power plant in Poland, which re­leased the high­est amounts of the three pol­lu­tants, while the Drax power sta­tion in Bri­tain, Jaen­schwalde in Ger­many, and Kozienice in Poland were listed as top pol­lut­ing plants for each of the three pol­lu­tants.

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