Greenhouse gas emissions drop in 2013 puts EU just shy of 2020 goal

COPENHAGEN – The European Union’s environment agency says the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by nearly 2 per cent last year, putting the EU very close to reaching its emissions target for 2020.

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

The European Environment Agency said Tuesday that emissions already have fallen 19 per cent, meaning the 28-nation bloc is likely to achieve a larger reduction than it aimed for.

The EEA projected that 2020 emissions will be 21 per cent or 24 per cent lower than they were in 1990, depending on whether planned climate action is implemented in full.

However, some countries weren’t on track to meet their individual targets, including Germany and Spain.

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