April 17, 2006

Spain’s CO2 emissions rose 48 pct from 1990 to 2004

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's carbon dioxide emissions rose
47.87 percent between 1990 and 2004, over two percentage points
higher than an earlier calculation, the Environment Ministry
said on Monday.

The higher figure consolidated Spain's position as the
worst performer among rich nations in greenhouse gas controls.

Under the Kyoto protocol to limit carbon dioxide emissions
and curb global warming, Spain is allowed to increase its
emissions by only 15 percent between the the base year 1990 and

The new figure is contained in a report the Spanish
government is sending to the European Commission, a ministry
spokeswoman said.

It is higher than the previous one in part because of the
impact of a drought, which reduced power companies'
hydroelectric generating capacity and forced them to use more
fossil fuels.

The 2004/2005 hydrological year was the driest on record.

Based on 2003 emissions, Spain was already the worst
performer among developed nations with a 41.7 percent increase
on 1990, compared with a fall of 1.4 percent for the European
Union as a whole.

Rapid industrial growth and a rise in living standards
since the 1980s has led to higher car ownership in Spain and
higher electricity consumption.

Spain's Environment and Industry Ministries are now working
on their national allocation plan for 2008-2012, which shares
out emissions rights and will influence how much different
industries and companies will have to spend on buying
additional emissions rights if they are over the limit.

That is due to be submitted to Brussels in June.