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Climate change: EU shows leadership ahead of Paris with 23% emissions cut

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The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) in their joint press release of 20 October 2015, state that the European Union is on track towards meeting and overachieving its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%.


This statement was made on the occasion of the release of "Trends and projections in Europe 2015", a report published on 20 October 2015 by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report reveals that EU’s gas emissions decreased by 23% between 1990 and 2014 and reached the lowest levels on record.


According to the report, the EU is heading for a 24% reduction by 2020 with current measures in place, and a 25% reduction with additional measures already being planned in Member States (MS). The EU is already working towards its 2030 goal of an emissions reduction target of at least 40% — the EU's contribution towards the new global climate change agreement in Paris in December 2015.


 The report also shows that, while the EU is on track, the situation among MS differs significantly:


  • 24 MS are on track to meet their GHG targets;
  • 20 MS are on track to achieve their renewable energy targets;
  • 20 MS are on track to achieve their energy efficiency targets;
  • 13 MS are on track to deliver on their national targets in all three areas.



EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: "These results speak for themselves: Europe succeeded in cutting emissions by 23% between 1990 and 2014 while the European economy grew by 46% over the same period. We have shown consistently that climate protection and economic growth go hand in hand. This is a strong signal ahead of the Paris climate conference that Europe stands by its commitments and that our climate and energy policies work. And we have already taken the first steps towards implementing our Paris pledge with new proposals presented earlier this year."



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