EU carbon emissions fell in 2006

European greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to fall, according to preliminary figures published by the European Environment Agency on Monday

The figures were compiled as the EU's official submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, for compliance with the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions. The numbers continue the fall reported for 2005, although there was a rising trend over the previous two years.

Emissions in the EU-15 member states were 0.9% down on 2005 - a reduction of 35.8 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent. 2006 emissions now stand at 2.7% below the Protocol's 1990 baseline, but the target is 8% below baseline by 2012.

Emissions for the EU-27 members declined by 0.3% in 2006 - 15 MtCO2e and are now 7.4% below 1990 levels.

Households and offices were the main contributors to the emissions decrease in 2006, the EEA says, probably as a result of milder winter weather. France, Italy and the UK registered the most significant emission cuts. CO2 emissions from electricity and heat production increased. A more detailed analysis will be published in June.

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