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I costi delle Emissioni industriali

Monitoring industrial consumption and emissions leads to big savings

Monitoring industrial consumption and emissions leads to big savings

According to the EEA, emissions from large industrial sites in Europe cost society between 277 and 433 billion in 2017.


The European Environment Agency has published the briefing 'Counting the costs of industrial pollution' which estimates the environmental damage caused by Europe's industrial sector and its impact on human health, ecosystems, infrastructure and climate.


The analysis - which is based on the report 'Costs of air pollution from European industrial facilities 2008-2017' by the EEA's European Topic Centre on Air Pollution, Transport, Noise and Industrial Pollution - examines the social or 'external' costs caused by industrial emissions from different sites and sectors across Europe, with a strong focus on health impacts.

The study shows that the social costs of industrial air pollution remain very high despite significant progress in reducing its impact on the environment and climate.


In 2017, air pollution and greenhouse gases emitted by large industrial sites in Europe were estimated to cost society between €277 and €433 billion, or around 2-3 % of EU GDP. This is more than the economic output of many individual Member States.

Responsible for most of these costs is a relatively small number of installations: only 211 sites (of the 11,655 installations reporting emissions of the pollutants included in the E-PRTR in 2017) caused 50% of the costs related to the main air pollutants and greenhouse gases.


Thermal power plants - mostly coal-fired - cause the most damage to people's health and the environment: in total, 24 of the top 30 polluting plants are thermal power plants. The most polluting power plant is in Poland and four of the top five are in Germany.

An opportunity for radical change towards green and sustainable technologies comes from the European Green Deal towards zero emissions. An ambitious path in which European industry can play a leading role by becoming a leader in green technologies.

While we wait for the Green Deal to take effect, it is becoming increasingly essential for companies to equip themselves with tools not only to reduce polluting emissions, but also to measure their energy consumption. Pollution is also indirectly caused by the amount of energy we use to produce, especially if it is generated by polluting sources.


If you would like free advice on how to monitor and manage your energy consumption write to sales@kerberos.energy without obligation.


Source: infobuild energia


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