Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

This report presents an assessment of the current and projected progress of EU Member States, EU candidate countries and other EEA member countries towards their respective targets under the Kyoto Protocol and of progress towards the EU target for 2020. This is based on their past greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2006, and the projected greenhouse gas emissions of these countries during the Kyoto commitment period 2008–2012 and for 2020, derived from data and related information they provided before 1 June 2008.

Updated emission projections or national programmes were provided by five EU-15 and three EU-12 Member States since the 2007 assessment, although there was no formal reporting obligation in 2008. Further changes in projection data compared to the 2007 analysis appear for Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as the expected quantitative effect of the European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS), reported by these countries separately from their total emission projections and further included by EEA in the 2007 analysis, was not considered in the present assessments in order to adopt a consistent approach across all countries.

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