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.”
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.