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Figure Mean surface temperature in Europe 1850–2009, annual and by season
Climate change mitigation chapter SOER 2010
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Publication Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment
The EU emitted close to 5 billion tonnes (Gt) of CO2-equivalent emissions in 2008. It contributes today around 12 % of annual global anthropogenic direct greenhouse gas emissions. The EU is making good progress towards achieving its emission reduction targets. A rapid, sustained and effective transition to a low carbon economy is necessary to mitigate climate change and to meet global greenhouse gas emission targets.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Thematic assessments
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 1
The EU emitted close to 5 billion tonnes (Gt) of CO2-equivalents in 2008. It contributes today around 12 % of annual global anthropogenic direct greenhouse gas emissions.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 2
The EU is making good progress towards achieving its emission reduction targets. In the EU-27, which has set an independent target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 % by 2020 as compared to 1990 levels, emissions were 11.3 % below 1990 levels in 2008 and, according to EEA estimates, 17 % below 1990 levels in 2009. In the EU-15, which has an 8 % reduction target under the Kyoto Protocol, emissions were 6.9 % below base-year levels in 2008 and, according to EEA estimates, 13 % below base-year levels in 2009.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 3
EEA member countries collectively reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 7.5 % and per capita emissions from 10.9 to 9.3 tonnes CO2-equivalent between 1990 and 2008.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 4
The greenhouse gas emission reductions observed in Europe over the last two decades are a combined result of the economic restructuring that occurred mainly in Eastern Europe in the 1990s, the policies and measures implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the EU emission trading scheme (EU ETS), and more recently of short-term effects of the global economic crisis.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 5
The reduction of ozone-depleting substances under the UNEP Montreal Protocol has also resulted in greenhouse gas emissions cuts significantly larger than the emission reductions that will take place under the Kyoto Protocol until 2012.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Mitigating climate change — key message 6
Scientific studies show that global greenhouse gas emissions should not exceed 44 to 46 Gt CO2-equivalents per year by 2020 in order to give a 50 % chance of limiting global mean temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The reduction pledges made under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord fall short of keeping global greenhouse gas emissions below this peak level.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Mitigating climate change - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Figure Overview of top decreasing/increasing GHG sources in the EU–27, 1990–2008
Climate change mitigation chapter SOER 2010
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Press Release Policies put the EU on track to meet its 2020 climate and energy targets but bigger push needed for 2030
European Union (EU) greenhouse gas emissions fell almost 2 % between 2012 and 2013, putting the EU very close to its 2020 reduction target, according to new analysis from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EU is also on track to meet two other targets to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2020.
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