Trends and projections in Europe 2016 - Tracking progress towards Europe's climate and energy targets

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The 2016 edition of the annual EEA report, Trends and projections in Europe, provides an updated assessment of the progress of the EU and European countries towards their climate mitigation and energy targets.
Executive summary

Executive summary

06 Dec 2016

Progress of the European Union and its Member States towards 2020 climate and energy targets.

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1. Overall progress towards the European Union's '20-20-20' climate and energy targets

This chapter presents a synthetic overview of the progress achieved by the EU and its Member States in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the use of energy from renewable sources and reducing energy consumption, in view of their 2020 targets.

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2. Progress of the European Union towards its greenhouse gas emission targets

This chapter presents the progress achieved by the European Union in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in view of its short and longer-term climate mitigation objectives. It also presents trends and projections of emissions in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), under Effort Sharing, as well as for land-use and forestry activities.

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3. Progress towards Member States' greenhouse gas emission targets

This chapter presents the current progress achieved by EU Member States towards their national annual targets on greenhouse gas emissions. These targets, set under the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), concern emissions which are not included in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). It also presents an outlook of the projected progress towards ESD targets.

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4. Progress of the European Union towards its renewable energy targets

This chapter presents the progress achieved by the European Union in developing renewable energy, in view of achieving its 2020 target. It also presents information on the development of renewable energy specifically for electricity, heating and cooling, and transport.

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5. Progress towards Member States' renewable energy targets

This chapter presents the current progress achieved by EU Member States towards their national targets on renewable energy. These targets, set under the Renewable Energy Directive, concern the use energy from renewable sources as a proportion of the total energy consumption.

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6. Progress of the European Union towards its energy efficiency targets

This chapter presents the progress achieved by the European Union in reducing its energy consumption, in view of achieving its 2020 objective on energy efficiency

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7. Progress towards Member States' energy efficiency targets

This chapter presents the progress achieved by EU Member States towards their national targets on primary energy consumption. Member States had to set these indicative, non-binding targets on primary or final energy consumption for 2020 under the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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8. Trends and projections in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey

This chapter presents a short overview of greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in the five countries which are members of the European Environment Agency, but not of the European Union.

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Annex 1	Progress towards greenhouse gas emission targets: data and methodology

This annex provides technical details on the data and methods used by the EEA to track current and projected progress towards greenhouse gas emission targets in the EU.

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Annex 2 Progress towards renewable energy targets: data and methodology

This annex provides technical details on the data and methods used by the EEA to track current and projected progress towards renewable energy targets in the EU.

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Annex 3 Progress towards energy efficiency targets: data and methodology

This annex provides technical details on the data and methods used by the EEA to track current and projected progress towards energy efficiency targets in the EU.

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Background information - International climate commitments in Europe

This section presents the main climate change mitigation targets and objectives taken by the European Union and other member countries of the European Environment Agency, in particular under the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

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Background information - Domestic climate and energy targets in the EU

This section presents in detail the main climate and energy objectives which the EU and its Member States are committed to achieve by 2020, 2030 and 2050.

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Country profiles - greenhouse gases and energy

This section presents country profiles containing key data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency for each EU Member State. These country profiles support and complement the assessment of progress towards climate and energy targets in Europe.

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