Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


Portugal was one of the 21 Member States of the European Union (EU) that reduced pollutant emissions in the first quarter of 2023 while managing to increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Figures from the EU statistical service reveal that in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period in 2022, Portugal reduced by 0.11% the emissions of greenhouse gases that weigh on the economy, despite being the community country with the lowest annual decrease among those that registered reductions.


Eurostat data points out that,“of the 21 EU countries that reduced their emissions, only six also reduced their GDP - Czechia, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary and Poland, which means that 15 EU countries - Portugal, Croatia, Belgium, Malta, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Romania, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia and Bulgaria - managed to reduce emissions and increase their GDP”.


In this first quarter of 2023, polluting emissions with weight in the economy decreased in almost all of the EU compared to the same period of 2022, except in Ireland (+9.1%), in Latvia (+7.5%), in Slovakia (+1.9%), Denmark (+1.7%), Sweden (+1.6%) and Finland (0.3%), with the largest reductions in greenhouse gases being recorded in Bulgaria (-15.2%), Estonia (-14.7%) and Slovenia (-9.6%).


Across the EU, greenhouse gas emissions from the EU economy amounted to 941 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from January to March this year, down 2.9% compared to the same quarter in 2022.


Eurostat also points out that “this decrease occurred simultaneously with an increase of 1.2% in EU GDP in the first quarter of 2023, compared to the same quarter of 2022”.


in The Portugal News