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Eurostat releases a range of indicators monitoring progress made in the EU to tackle climate change

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On the occasion of the publication of the 2015 Energy, transport and environment statistical book and with regard to the forthcoming COP21 in Paris, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes a small selection of data on energy, transport and environment in the EU related to climate change. These data show that while primary consumption of energy stood in 2013 at its early 1990s level, renewables have increased their share in final energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions decreased over the same time period. The included indicators present national data for the 28 EU Member States, the EFTA, the candidate and the potential candidate countries.

 

The monitoring indicators presented by Eurostat demonstrate, among others, the following:

 

  • Twenty Member States have already reached their Europe 2020 targets on energy consumption
  • Highest share of renewables in Sweden, lowest in Luxembourg
  • Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania and Sweden reached their Europe 2020 goal on renewables
  • Largest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the Baltic EU Member States
  • Share of railway transport increased the most in Austria

 

 

Background

 

Energy, transport and increased human intervention in the environment have proven to be major contributors to climate change over the last few decades. The European Union (EU) has actively been pursuing ambitious emission reduction targets for years. The UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris in December 2015 (COP21) illustrates the global political importance of climate change, energy security and sustainable transport, three topics that have become increasingly interconnected.

 

 

For further information, see the relevant Eurostat news release: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/7057270/8-04112015-BP-EN.pdf/a233ec9d-f87d-4f48-8f1c-4d0a1a2eb112