With its latest air traffic review, the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistical Office revealed that travel restrictions imposed in 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 have had a significant impact on CO2 savings goals.
2020 was one of the most crucial years for Berlin’s aviation industry. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 illness on the industry, air traffic recorded the lowest activity rate from the second quarter of 2020, TheSchengen.com reports.
Therefore, due to the lack of significant air traffic activity in 2020, the preliminary calculation of the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistical Office shows that a sharp decrease in carbon dioxide emissions has been observed.
“From the second quarter – due to the Corona pandemic – flight movements have been reduced to a minimum. The last scheduled flight also landed at Berlin Tegel Airport on November 8, 2020. Both events are accompanied by a sharp decrease in carbon dioxide emissions (CO2 emissions) from the consumption of aircraft fuel “, as stated in the statement of the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office. .
It also showed the same that compared to the pre-pandemic period, the transportation sector alone recorded a 27.7 percent decrease in 2020. On the other hand, energy consumption during the same period decreased by 20.7 percent compared to 1990.
“Final energy consumption has decreased by 20.7 percent compared to 1990, and thus to the lowest value since the joint preparation of the Berlin Energy Balance,” added the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office.
Additionally, based on the pollutant balance, carbon dioxide emissions decreased by 13.6 percent to 14.9 million tons in 2020. More specifically, emissions from fuel consumption decreased by 1.1 million tons or 73.3 percent compared to 2019.
It was also emphasized that the 4.3 decrease in electricity consumption also contributed to the decrease in carbon dioxide emissions.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that the number of guests staying in Berlin during the first nine months of 2021 decreased by 20.6% compared to the same period in 2020.
Due to travel restrictions imposed to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control, the accommodation establishment in Berlin counted only 3.1 million guests with 8.5 million overnight stays, a sharp drop compared to the same period in 2019.
The number of domestic guests during 2021 decreased by 35.0 percent, while the number of international guests decreased by 43.1 percent.
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