EU firmly on course to reach 2020 target, despite a slight increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2015
EU News 355/2016
08 Nov 2016
European Environment Agency
Preliminary estimates show that emissions across the European Union in 2015 were 22 % lower than 1990 levels, despite a slight increase compared to 2014, according to new reports from the European Environment Agency (EEA) published today. The reports confirm that the EU is well on course to meet its greenhouse gas emission target set for 2020.
The EU’s 2020 targets include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % compared to 1990 levels. The EEA reports show that EU emissions in both 2014 and 2015 were reduced by more than 20 % compared to 1990 levels.
Preliminary greenhouse emission estimates indicate a 0.7 % increase expected for 2015. This follows an exceptional 4.0 % reduction the previous year, which was due to a particularly warm winter. Emissions from industries in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) continued to decrease in 2015. On the other hand, emissions not included in the ETS increased. In particular, transport emissions increased for the second year in a row.
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