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31 October 2019

EU greenhouse gas emissions

EU greenhouse gas emissions down 23% since 1990, still implementation will have to be further accelerated to reach current 2030 targets.


EU greenhouse gas emissions declined by 2% in 2018 and reached their lowest level since 1990. In 2018, emissions were 23% below the 1990 level, while the GDP had increased by 61%. Implementation will have to be accelerated significantly, the annual EU Climate Action Progress Report adopted today concludes, to reach 2030 targets and for the EU to become climate-neutral by 2050.

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: “The EU is cutting emissions while its economy is growing. We are ahead of our overall 2020 target with solid progress in transforming power generation. But Europe cannot rest on its laurels. I am concerned that reaching energy efficiency targets, CO2 standards of cars and vans, as well as decarbonizing transport fuels in 2020 cannot yet be taken for granted. At the same time Europe’s forests and lands are removing less carbon every year. I expect necessary investments to be further stepped up already over the coming months, and the adoption of adequate national energy and climate plans by the end of the year.”

The European Commission today adopted four reports presenting how the EU and its Member States implement EU climate policy:

  • EU Climate Action Progress Report
  • Fuel Quality Report
  • Carbon Market Report
  • CCS Directive Implementation Report

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