EU May Exceed Target to Reduce GHGs 20% by 2020
The European Union is ahead of schedule to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, after logging a 2% GHG reduction over the last year.
“The European Environment Agency said Tuesday that emissions already have fallen 19%, meaning the 28-nation bloc is likely to achieve a larger reduction than it aimed for,” AP reported this week. “The EEA projected that 2020 emissions will be 21% or 24% lower than they were in 1990, depending on whether planned climate action is implemented in full.”
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The EU achieved the reductions by shifting to renewable energy and boosting energy efficiency 20%. The continent is on track for 2020 even though some countries—including Germany, with its highly effective Energiewende (Energy Transition) program—will miss their individual targets.