Top of the dirty thirty list
Having spewn out 31 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2008, the Polish Belchatow plant is listed as EU’s most polluting power station in terms of its greenhouse gas emissions. The German Niederaussem power plant was the second dirtiest and emitted nearly 25 million tonnes.
Overall, German utilities still owned 11 of the 30 most polluting facilities in the EU in 2008. Britain’s top five polluters, including the fourth-ranked Drax power station, saw their total emissions rise by 2.6 percent to 60.1 million tonnes. According to preliminary data for 2008 from the European Commission, the thirty biggest CO2 emitters in the EU together belched out some 387 million tonnes, down 2.2 percent from 2007. (The term “dirty thirty” was first coined by the environmentalist organisation WWF in 2005.)
Source: Reuters, 3 April 2009.