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Italy

Italy is the EU’s fourth largest economy.

Environmental Data

Environmental data for Italy suggests it is making reasonable progress in reducing CO2 equivalent emissions.

CO2 Equivalent Emissions

Italy’s is the fourth largest contributor to emissions, at around 438 million tonnes equivalent in 2016, the latest year for which there is pan-EU data.

CountryMillions Tonnes CO2 Equivalent
EU Mean158.6
Italy438.2
France475.4
United Kingdom516.8
Germany935.8

Good progress on reducing emissions

Of the 4 largest economies, Italy has achieved the second highest reduction at 24.4 per cent.

Country% Change
United Kingdom-28.40%
Italy-24.40%
EU Mean-16.09%
France-14.80%
Germany-8.70%

Emissions per population are almost equal to France

Italy’s emissions per 1 mission population stand at 7.2 million tonnes per million heads. This is the tenth lowest level in Europe and not far behind France’s 7.1 million tonnes.

CountryMillions Tonnes CO2 Equivalent
France7.1
Italy7.2
United Kingdom7.9
EU Mean8.7
Germany11.3

Emissions per €1 Billion GDP lag France and the UK

At 0.26 tonnes, Italy’s performance is the ninth best in the EU. This is a little behind France and the UK, although a faster rate of change suggests it will overtake France.

CountryMillions Tonnes CO2 Equivalent
France0.22
United Kingdom0.22
Italy0.26
Germany0.3
EU Mean0.3

Commentary

Italy’s emissions match its position as the fourth largest economy. It has been performing above average in measures such as rate of change and in relation to GDP. Longer term it will need to accelerate it’s efforts to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions to more closely match its position as a high performing economy.

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