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EEA Report on Energy End-Use Emissions Redraws Understandings of Emissions’ Drivers

15 December 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled "End-user GHG emissions from energy: Reallocation of emissions from energy industries to end users 2005-2009," according to which home energy use is responsible for 25% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.

The report calculates emissions based on their end use, i.e. the sector in which the energy is used. The report demonstrates a new method of analysing emissions' drivers by redistributing 'indirect' emissions, mostly from oil refineries and plants generating electricity and heat, in order to calculate the overall emissions linked to each sector. The report concludes that when indirect emissions are considered, greenhouse gas emissions from the residential sector double (from 12 to 25%), those from the commercial sector triples (from 5 to 15 %), while industry jumps from 15 to 26% and transport from 25 to 29%. [EEA press release][Publication: Report ''End-user GHG emissions from energy: Reallocation of emissions from energy industries to end users 2005-2009"]