EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall by 2.5% in 2011

EEA7 September 2012: European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates show that EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions declined by 2.5% in 2011, in part due to a mild winter, which lowered heating demands, as well as to increased consumption of renewable energy.

In the 15 EU States with a common commitment under the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (EU-15), the reduction in 2011 equaled 3.5%. The EU-15 are therefore 14.1% below the base-year level of the Kyoto Protocol.

Economic sectors covered under the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) reduced emissions by 1.8%, while sectors not covered lowered emissions by 3.1%.

A detailed report will be produced by the EEA in October 2012, and the official GHG inventory will be available in mid-2013. [EEA Press Release]