E.ON Ranks as Europe’s Top Greenhouse-Gas Emitter, Survey Says

E.ON AG, Germany’s largest utility, is the biggest source of greenhouse gases among companies based in Europe, according to a survey by the Environmental Investment Organization, a British research and lobbying group.

E.ON, with headquarters in Duesseldorf, emitted 164.8 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent, the non-profit group’s operational director, Sam Gill, said today by telephone.

That compared with 164 million tons of carbon from steelmaker ArcelorMittal; 152.1 million tons from RWE AG, another German utility; 122.1 million tons from Italy’s state-run Enel SpA; and 98.2 million tons from GDF Suez SA of France. The survey’s findings are based on data from 2010 or 2009. They include measurements of carbon emissions within the European Union and outside it, Gill said.

The EIO is based in Frensham in southern England. It plans to publish a global survey of greenhouse gas emissions later this year, Gill said.