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Portugal’s CO2 Emissions Drop by 52,000 Per Day

A report by environmental organisation Zero indicates that Portugal’s emissions of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) have dropped by 52,000 tonnes per day as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, who have compared March 2020 figures with the same period in 2019. This “unprecedented reduction” of greenhouse gases is due to a fall in consumption of diesel, petrol and aviation fuel coupled with the shutdown of coal-fired power plants and a slight decrease in overall electricity consumption. Reports show a 60% drop in petrol and 40% drop in diesel sales, due to measures designed to minimize the spread of the virus. Basing their information on data for March 2019 released by the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology, Zero estimates a 56% drop in emissions of CO2 associated with road transport from 48.3 thousand tons to 21.2 thousand tons per day. Based on data from the National Energy Networks for March 2020 and comparing it to the same period in 2019, the environmental organisation says that there was a decrease in emissions of 373 thousand tons of CO2 in the last month while generation of renewable energy increased from 64.2% to 73.5% overall. With regards to the aviation sector, Zero believes that a decrease of at least 95% in the number of flights and the quantity of ‘jet-fuel’ consumed (figures from the General Directorate of Energy and Geology) makes possible a possible of 12.7 thousand tons of CO2 saved per day. In their statement, Zero also analysed 2018 data on emission reductions (which Portugal sent to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change), which show a reduction of 4.5% between 2017 and 2018. Samantha Gannon info at madeira-weekly.com Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE
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