The CO2 emissions in the European Union as a result of the combustion of fossil fuels will decrease by 10 percent in 2020, reports the European statistics agency Eurostat, based on an initial estimate.

The Netherlands emitted 8 percent less CO2 than in 2019.

Lockdowns meant that fewer people traveled to and from work, less flying was possible and factories were temporarily running at reduced power, which contributed greatly to the decline.

Eurostat's calculations refer to the CO2 released during the production of energy, for example when petrol, coal or natural gas are burned.

This is the source of about three quarters of all greenhouse gases in the EU.

The corona pandemic reduced CO2 emissions in all 27 EU Member States.

CO2 emissions fell the most in Greece, where they fell by 18.7 percent.

Estonia followed in second place, with a reduction of 18.1 percent.

In the Netherlands the decrease was slightly more than 8 percent.

At the end of last month, the European Commission agreed to stricter climate goals.

By 2030, CO2 emissions must have decreased by 55 percent compared to 1990, instead of the 40 percent previously promised.