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The assessment is based on emissions for year 2008 and the effect of allocation to the EU ETS in 2008, the planned use of flexible mechanisms as well as the expected effect of LULUCF activities.
A positive sign signifies a favourable contribution towards target achievement.
The gap for 'EU-15' is assessed by considering the sum of the gaps of the 15 EU Member States which are part of the burden-sharing agreement. Since Member States with a surplus can use any remaining allowances for their own purposes and not necessarily transfer them via the flexible mechanisms to compensate for Member States with a shortfall, a gap is also calculated for 'EU-15 (no overachievement)', where only shortfalls are considered, but not any surplus.
Some 97.5% of water on the Earth is salt water, leaving only 2.5% as fresh water. Of this over two thirds is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. The remaining unfrozen fresh water is found mainly as groundwater, with only a small fraction present in rivers, lakes or in the air. Water is a precious resource, use it responsibly and don’t waste it!
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