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

Oct 20, 2015 | News

(20 October 2015) – The European Union is on track towards meeting and overachieving its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The “Trends and projections in Europe 2015” report reveals that greenhouse gas emissions in Europe decreased by 23% between 1990 and 2014 and reached the lowest levels on record.

Latest projections by Member States show that 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.

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.

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