Greenpeace protesters hold a banner outside the High Court in London on March 27, 2018 as a preliminary hearing on a compensation claim against German car-maker Volkswagen opens. / AFP / Tolga AKMEN
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Overall emissions in Europe's biggest economy fell 0.5 percent through the year, according to preliminary data released by a federal environment agency.Transport sector emissions rose by 2.3 percent to 170.6 million tons, as car ownership expanded and the booming economy meant more heavy vehicles were on the road.Germany has already had to abandon a self-imposed target of cutting emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020 from 1990 levels.Some 107.4 million tons of emissions, down from 108 million in 2016, were made up of other noxious gases monitored by the UBA.
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