Emissions of greenhouse gases from the European Union increased in 2001 for the second year running.
Cold weather boosted fuel consumption
The European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates they were 1% greater than in 2000.
The EU as a whole is committed to reducing emissions by 8% on their 1990 levels by between 2008 and 2012.
On present trends, it appears to stand almost no chance of keeping its promise.
The 8% cut is the commitment made by the EU under the terms of the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement on tackling climate change.
Not enough signatories have yet ratified the protocol to allow it to enter into force.
Two years ago President Bush said the US would not ratify it, and Australia has followed suit.
There are now doubts about the willingness of Russia to do so, because some of its prominent scientists apparently believe climate change could be beneficial to the country.
It is organising a world climate conference in Moscow in late September, to re-examine the science of climate change.
Hydropower faltered in 2001
The Europeans have all along been the protocol's most enthusiastic supporters, and their faltering performance will be deeply embarrassing to them.
EU emissions of the principal gas covered by the protocol, carbon dioxide (CO2), rose by 1.6% from 2000 to 2001.
Germany, France and the UK saw the biggest CO2 rises from homes and small businesses.
The EEA says the main reasons for the 2001 increase in all six gases were a colder winter in most EU countries, which meant householders burnt more heating fuel.
Coupled with this were higher emissions from transport, and greater use of fossil fuels in electricity and heating....