EEA Report: EU-15 on Track to Meet Kyoto Targets

Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008 16 October 2008: The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a report entitled “Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008,” which details each of the 15 nations' historic emissions

(1990-2006) and provides an estimate of Europe's emissions situation during the

Kyoto Protocol commitment period (2008–2012).

The report finds that the EU is

expected to meet its collective target to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by

8% for the period 2008–2012. However, it indicates that emission performance

has been mixed in the EU-15, with three member States, Denmark, Italy and

Spain, being “off their Kyoto track.” Nonetheless, taking into account the

expected performance of other member States, the EU-15 as a whole should meet

its Kyoto commitment.

The EEA also estimates the countries' use of carbon

sinks, noting that ten of the EU-15 have planned to use the Kyoto Mechanisms. [EEA Press Release] [Executive Summary] [Country Profiles]