EU delivers on Kyoto target but progress is patchy

The EU has exceeded its emissions reduction target under Kyoto, and with effective policy implementation should reach its emissions and renewable energy goals for 2020. But the jury is still out on energy efficiency and higher targets for 2030.

The EU has officially exceeded its greenhouse gas emissions target under the Kyoto Protocol and is broadly on track to meet its 2020 goals on emissions reduction and renewable energy. But progress is patchy and energy efficiency targets are unlikely to be met overall, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). 

Its annual assessment released on 11 October looked at the bloc’s performance in meeting its commitments under the first commitment period of Kyoto to 2012 and progress towards meeting its climate and energy targets for 2020.  

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