Last year, Poland overtook France when it comes to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere, climbing in an infamous global ranking. Over the last few years, Poland became the third-largest CO2 emitter in Europe, according to Wysokienapiecie.pl. The website, citing BP’s statistical review, indicates that Poland released 322.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in 2018 (7.1 million tons more than in 2017). The country already ranks fourth (ahead of France) in the ranking of the largest CO2 emitters in the EU. Poland is in fifth place in this respect in the whole of Europe and in the 19th position in the world.
“This is the largest increase in the European Union and almost equals that in Pakistan, which has almost 200 million inhabitants,” Wysokienapiecie.pl said. Despite last year’s increase in emissions in Poland, the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere throughout Europe (excluding Russia) fell by 1.6 percent.