“Fundación Empresa & Clima presents the seventh Report on World’s CO2 Emissions Situation”

7,2% increase on CO2 emissions under directive due to Spanish economic recovery in 2014.


End of decline of total CO2 emissions experienced in Spain since 2008. The economic recovery after the crisis in our country made CO2 emissions under European Directive on Emissions Trading (Directive 2003/87 / EC) increase by 7.2% in 2014. Preliminary data for 2015 show a rise of 1.1% of total emissions.

This is one of the main conclusions of REPORT ON WORLD’S CO2 EMISSIONS SITUATION – 2014, issued by economist Arturo de las Heras, and coordinated by Fundación Empresa & Clima. The report is the continuation of six previous editions and is one of the few works carried out in the framework of the extended Kyoto Protocol 2013-2020. Ms. Elvira Carles, Director of Fundación Empresa & Clima, has emphasized the following conclusions about the Spanish context.

In addition to the 7.2% increase of emissions under Directive, which contrasts with the decline of 9.5% in 2013, another important fact is the 130 million tons of CO2 verified in 2014 compared to 122 million the previous year. Spanish non-directive emissions in 2013 accounted for 61.9% of the total and Spain ranked fifth in European emissions representing 7.2% of the total. Similarly, the author pointed out that the split between directive and non-directive emissions had no significant changes over the previous year 2012.

Another relevant fact is that Spanish per capita emissions in 2013 reached 6.88 t/CO2 per person and remained below the European average of 8.8 t/CO2.

An overview on CC.AA.

The two Spanish regions with the highest number of verified facilities in 2014 are Valencia and Catalonia with 184 and 132, representing respectively 20.4% and 14.7% of the total of Spanish verified facilities under European directive. They are followed by Andalusia and Castile-Leon with 119 and 59 verified facilities respectively.

However, Andalusia, with more than 22.4 million tons of CO2 verified, remains the region with the highest volume of verified emissions in 2014, representing 17.1% of total Spanish emissions under directive and Asturias with 13.5% occupies the second position.

Only Extremadura had allowances surplus in 2014 when total Spanish allowances deficit was more than 68.9 million. According the distribution between installations and emissions, in Valencia region percentage of facilities is much higher than percentage of emissions. In contrast, percentage of emissions in Asturias, Galicia and Andalusia are well above those of facilities.

In percentage, Madrid, Castile-Leon and Aragon, were the regions with the greatest relative increase in emissions under directive in 2014 with increases about 25.7%, 19.1% and 14.1% respectively. On the contrary, the region with the greatest relative decline in emissions was La Rioja with a decrease of 50.5%.