Ryanair has became one of Europe's 10 biggest polluters last year, a first for a company that doesn't run coal-fired power plants, an European Commission's figures shows. The data said Ryanair's carbon dioxide emissions rose by 6.9% last year, but the firm said it was "Europe's greenest and cleanest airline".
Seven plants in Germany and one in both Poland and Bulgaria were on the list. Ryanair emitted an estimated 9.9 megatonnes of CO2 in 2018, making the low-cost airline the bloc's 10th biggest polluter. The biggest emitter was found to be Poland's Belchatow power station — the world's second largest fossil-fuel power plant.
The annual rankings are not a list of companies across Europe and how much CO2 they produce. Instead, they focus on 11,000 power stations and manufacturing plants in the 28 EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as well as aviation activities in these countries.
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