EU's "dirty 30" carbon dioxide emitters in '09

Tue Apr 6, 2010 12:01pm EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - A Polish coal-burning plant
topped the list of Europe's dirtiest installations for a third straight year in 2009, despite
the plant cutting its emissions by 4.5 percent, preliminary European Commission data showed.
The Belchatow plant, run by state-owned utility BOT Elektrownia, belched 29.5 million
tonnes of climate-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere last year, down 1.4 million
tonnes from 2008 but still roughly equivalent to the total emissions of Croatia.
With 12 out of the top 30, Germany was again home to most of Europe's biggest emitters.
The "dirty thirty," a term first coined by green group WWF, collectively emitted 348.1
million tonnes of CO2 last year, down 10.2 percent from 2008 and 12 percent below 2007 levels.
The data, released on April 1, showed total CO2 released by all plants regulated by the
EU's Emissions Trading Scheme fell by over 11 percent last year, underlining the severe impact
of a global economic downturn on European industry.
The top 30 emitting plants received some 265.4 million EU emissions permits under the
scheme. This was below their total emissions, meaning they were forced to buy an additional
82.7 million from the market at a cost of around 1.1 billion euros ($1.48 billion).
Coal-fired power plants made up the bulk of 2009's top 30 though two steel plants managed
to remain on the list: one in France owned by ArcelorMittal and the other in Germany run by
ThyssenKrupp.
Belchatow and Vattenfall's Jaenschwalde plant are among those due to get 180 million euros
in EU funding to help them bury their emissions underground.
Below is a list of the EU's "dirty thirty" that includes CO2 figures for 2008 and 2009 in
millions of tonnes of CO2 equivalent, as well as percentage change. Also included are the
number of free emissions permits allocated and the permit surplus/deficit faced by each.
RANK   MEMBER  COMPANY                  PLANT/           EMISSIONS     PCT  PERMIT  LONG/
NEW OLD STATE                           LOCATION         2009   2008    CHG  ALLOC.  SHORT
1    1  Poland  BOT Elektrownia         Belchatow        29.5   30.9   -4.5   26.9    -2.5
2    2  Germany RWE AG        Niederaussem     26.3   24.9    5.7   14.9   -11.4
3    3  Germany Vattenfall    Jaenschwalde    23.3   23.5   -0.9   12.2   -11.0
4    4  UK      Drax Group      Drax             19.9   22.3  -11.0    9.5   -10.4
5    5  Germany RWE AG                  Weisweiler       19.0   21.4  -11.2   10.6    -8.4
6    7  Germany RWE AG                  Neurath          17.9   18.0   -0.4    8.4    -9.5
7    6  Germany RWE AG                  Frimmersdorf     16.8   18.6   -9.6    8.2    -8.6
8    8  Italy   Enel SPA      TE Brindisi Sud  13.0   14.9  -13.0   10.4    -2.6
9   11  Greece  Public Power  Agios Dimitrios  12.9   11.8    9.5   11.0    -1.9
10  12  Germany Vattenfall              Bohlen           12.8   11.4   12.2    8.6    -4.2
11   9  Poland  BOT Elektrownia         Turow Bogatynia  11.6   12.9   -9.7   11.2    -0.5
12  17  Poland  BOT Elektrownia         Kozienice        10.7   10.0    6.8    9.6    -1.1
13  10  Germany Vattenfall              Schwarze Pumpe   10.7   12.5  -14.4    8.1    -2.5
14  20  Greece  Public Power            Kardia            9.6    9.6    0.0    8.4    -1.2
15  13  France  ArcelorMittal Dunkerque         9.2   11.3  -18.6   11.7     2.5
16  16  UK      EDF            Cottam            8.4   10.2  -17.0    4.9    -3.5
17  21  Germany Vattenfall              Boxberg           8.1    9.3  -13.4    4.3    -3.8
18  18  UK      E.ON                    Ratcliffe on Soar 7.6    9.9  -23.2    4.9    -2.7
19 New  Poland  BOT Elektrownia         Opole             7.4    6.9    7.3    6.5    -0.9
20 New  UK      Scottish Power Longannet         7.3    5.9   24.4    5.6    -1.7
21  26  Poland  BOT Elektrownia         Rybnik            7.2    8.1  -10.8    7.6     0.4
22 New  Germany Vattenfall              Boxberg           7.2    6.1   17.2    4.3    -2.8
23  19  UK      EDF                     West Burton       7.2    9.7  -25.7    4.9    -2.3
24  25  Estonia Eesti Elektrijaam       Narva             7.0    8.3  -15.0    7.2     0.2
25  30  Germany GKM (RWE, EnBW & MVV)   Mannheim          6.6    7.1   -6.5    5.9    -0.8
26  24  Germany ThyssenKrupp  Duisburg          6.6    8.8  -25.0   19.6    13.0
27 New  Hungary RWE AG, MVM, EnBW       Visonta           6.2    6.2   -1.1    4.6    -1.6
28 New  Poland  BOT Elektrownia         Patnow I, Konin   6.1    7.1  -13.7    6.1     0.0
29 New  Germany E.ON                    Schkopau          6.1    6.3   -4.1    3.6    -2.5
30  29  Romania Termoelectrica          Turceni           6.1    7.4  -18.5    5.6    -0.4
TOTAL          348.1  387.8* -10.2  265.4   -82.7
AVERAGE         11.6   12.9  -10.2    8.8    -2.8
*2008 TOTAL figure is sum of last year's top 30.
Source: European Commission
(Reporting by Michael Szabo; Editing by James Jukwey)