Welcome to our map of industrial greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. Since 2005, factories and power stations have been subject to legal caps on their emissions. To comply with these caps, participants must submit pollution permits to match their emissions. Each one is equivalent to a tonne of carbon dioxide. The permits were handed out for free and can be traded between participants.
Our map helps to show how much is being emitted by whom and how many permits they were given for free. In 2012 emissions were once again below the caps leaving 70% of sites with more permits than they need (coloured red on the map). Sandbag campaigns to reduce the number of permits in circulation so that less pollution is allowed to take place.