EU-wide emissions down another 2%

EU-wide emissions down another 2%

The European Union’s environment agency says the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2% last year, putting it in touching distance of its target for 2020.

That goal is to reduce emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) said emissions have already fallen 19%, meaning the 28-nation EU is likely to achieve a larger reduction than it aimed for.

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.

However some countries are not on track to meet their individual targets, including Germany and Spain.

Last week the EU set a target of cutting emissions by 40% by 2030.

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