According to Eurostat, last year Malta registered the highest increase in CO2 emissions among all European Union countries. Figures show that whilst CO2 emissions in EU countries increased by 1.8% on average, in Malta these emissions, which result from the use of fuels, went up by 12.8%.
The statistics appear to have surprised the environment authorities, who were not expecting emissions to increase at this rate, both because of the gas power station and because of the interconnector.
The heavy increase in emissions, partially the result of fumes from vehicles, also clashed because last year Eurostat had reported Malta as having the highest drop in emissions among all EU countries. In fact, according to Eurostat, in 2016 CO2 emissions in Malta had dropped by more than 18% when compared to 2015.