EU Smashes Emissions Target Six Years Early

Emissions across EU member states fell nearly 25 percent from 1990 to 2014, beating the target of 20 percent reduction by 2020 six years early. Economic output in the same period rose 47 percent. Experts attribute the drop in emissions to the transition from coal to renewable energy and natural gas and improved energy efficiency measures, but also to milder winters across the EU that lowered demand for heating. Emissions in the transportation sector rose 17 percent, however, creating “Europe’s biggest climate problem.” The EU’s next emissions target is a 40 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030.

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