EU on track to exceed Kyoto emissions goal
"While the economy has grown significantly, emissions in both the EU-27 and the EU-15 have been decreasing, which demonstrates that the decoupling of economic growth from (greenhouse gas) emissions has been progressing steadily since 1990,"
- European Environment Agency
The European Union is on track to not only meet but exceed greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an analysis indicated this week.
The European Environment Agency this week published its latest research on greenhouse gas trends in the European Union and found that last year's emissions continued a decreasing trend established in 2004.
The agency determined emissions from the 27-member European Union have fallen 18 percent since the 1990 baseline year, including 2.5 percent in 2011 when compared to 2010.
Europe's Kyoto target for 2020 is a 20 percent reduction.