The low-cost Irish airline Ryanair was the European Union company that released more CO2 in 2018 without counting the coal plants, according to a study by the environmental organization Transport & Environment (T & E) based on data from the European Environment Agency (EMA)
That airline based in Dublin issued 9.9 megatons of CO2 last year, which makes it the most polluting airline in Europe and the only one of the ten European companies that is not dedicated to the generation of energy through the burning coal that is placed among the ten that more carbon dioxide released in 2018, according to the calculations of T & E.
They are just ahead of Ryanair, which last March transported 10.9 million passengers, coal companies such as the Polish Belchatow, which heads the classification with 38.2 megatons, seven other German companies in the sector, such as Neurath or Niederaussem, and the Bulgarian Maritsa Iztok, all of them above 10 megatons.
In addition, Ryanair's emissions increased with respect to the community companies in its sector.
While European airlines saw their CO2 emissions increase by 4.9% in 2018 and by 26.3% in the last five years, the Transport & Environment study notes, Ryanair's flights soared 6.9% in the past year and 49% in the past five years.