Thursday October 30th 2014
Yesterday, the European Environment Agency (EEA) stated that the EU is on track to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 24% by the year 2020.
The EEA reported that, in 2013, gas emissions from the 28-nation European Union (EU) were already more than 19% below the benchmark, stating: “If the additional measures planned by member states are fully implemented (for curbing carbon emissions)… the overall reduction could reach 24 percent compared to 1990 in 2020.”
Hans Bruyninckx, chief of the EEA, commented: “Our analysis shows that Europe is on track towards its 2020 targets.
“Even against the backdrop of economic recession in recent years, we can see that policies and measures are working and have played a key role in reaching this interim result.”
The reduction of the EU’s greenhouses gas emissions is partly explained by a warmer winter in 2013, increased use of renewable sources in some economies and an economic slowdown in some countries reducing energy needs.
The EEA also reported: “If the projected level of effort is sustained by member states until 2020, the EU could actually achieve an emissions reduction greater than the projected 24 percent.”
Although a promising report, Bruyninckx said there was “no room for complacency.” The EU’s emissions performance in 2013 lagged in the areas of agriculture and transport, and several countries could still fall short of meeting their individual targets for 2020.