Renewable energy production must grow fast to reach the 2020 target

Europe has committed to obtain 20 % of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. An analysis of the 27 EU Member State action plans shows that renewable energy output is projected to grow by 6 % per year on average. Wind power, solar electricity and biofuels are foreseen to contribute with the highest growth rates. If all Member States follow the trajectory outlined in their plans, the EU will exceed its 20 % renewable energy target by 0.7 percentage points.

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Taking a closer look at Europe's renewable energy plans for 2020

Europe is committed to obtaining 20 % of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. But how is the responsibility for reaching this common target shared among EU countries? And how will individual countries achieve their targets? The European Environment Agency (EEA) provides answers to such questions via a database, which facilitates the comparison of figures across technologies and between Member States.

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Business as usual not an option for the energy system

80 % of the greenhouse gas emissions in Europe still come from the energy sector, warns a report from the European Environment Agency released today. The sector continues to have significant impacts on the environment, despite the fact that more efficient production of electricity and heat, together with an increased share of renewable energy sources and replacement of coal and oil with gas are gradually contributing to cut emissions of greenhouse gas and air pollutants in Europe.

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How to optimise the use of bioenergy for Europe’s climate efforts

Bioenergy can substantially reduce Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to achieving the EU's renewable energy target, says a new report by the European Environment Agency. Such benefits, however, can only be realised if policy and economic incentives are in place to minimise the potential negative impacts of bioenergy production.

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High potential to cut air pollution from Europe's power plants

Emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) from large combustion plants (LCP) could have been considerably lower in 2004, a report presented today by the European Environment Agency says.

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Back to the future at Green Week 2007

What will Europe’s society and environment look like some thirty years from now? The PRELUDE project, which attempts to go far beyond the perspective of two legislative cycles and explore this question, will feature prominently for the European Environment Agency at this year’s four-day EU ‘Green Week’ event in Brussels, starting today.

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Sustainable use of forests is a must for halting biodiversity loss

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, warned EU ministers of increasing demands on Europe's forest resources. She recommended a management approach taking into account the wide range of services provided by forests.

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Suspend 10 percent biofuels target, says EEA's scientific advisory body

The EEA Scientific Committee has made public an opinion on the environmental impacts of biofuel use in Europe. The Scientific Committee recommends a new, comprehensive scientific study on the environmental risks and benefits of biofuels, and that the EU target to increase the share of biofuels used in transport to 10 % by 2020 should therefore be suspended.

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Climate action and renewable energy package a major step forward

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency (EEA), highlights the importance of the Climate action and renewable energy package unveiled yesterday by the European Commission in Brussels.

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EEA unveils preliminary EU inventory of greenhouse gas emissions

Provisional greenhouse gas emissions data compiled by the EEA show that EU-15 Member States reduced their emissions by 0.9 % between 2005 and 2006. EU-27 emissions are now 7.4 % below 1990 levels.

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More transparent data on EU's greenhouse gas emissions

The European Environment Agency presented today a new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions viewer, where users can display emission data broken down by Member State, year and trading sector in a user-friendly interface. With this viewer, the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) data become significantly more accessible for a wide range of users.

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President Pöttering visits the EEA: climate change — a 'shared top priority'

The President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, visited today the European Environment Agency, where he was welcomed by its Executive Director, Professor Jacqueline McGlade. President Pöttering had a short but lively discussion with the EEA's Management Board, chaired by Lars Erik Liljelund.

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Greenhouse gases: Member States shaping up reporting under the Emission Trading Scheme

The European Union is running the largest multi-country, multi-sector greenhouse gas Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) world-wide. A report presented today by the European Environment Agency shows that the implementation of the ETS is improving. For the reporting year 2007, all Member States have delivered information on their experience in accordance with Article 21 of the Emissions Trading Directive.

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Danish civil society debates EU climate proposals

Just a week after the launch in Brussels of the European Commission's climate change and energy package, EEA hosted a high-level debate with EU officials and representatives of the Danish industry and civil society organisations.

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Getting the most out of Europe's bioenergy potential

A new report by the European Environment Agency confirms that there is a large potential for bioenergy production from agricultural biomass in Europe. However, the increasing demand for biofuels raises concerns about additional pressure on Europe’s environment and farmland biodiversity.

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EU must take immediate action on Kyoto targets

All Member States must seriously tackle greenhouse gas emissions immediately, if the EU-15 is to meet its collective Kyoto target, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report states.

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Friends at the gates - Major success for EEA open house event.

Nearly a thousand Copenhageners visited the European Environment Agency when we stayed open to the public all evening during Copenhagen Culture night on the 13th October.

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Get an energy boost at the EEA during Kulturnatten

Energy is the main theme as the EEA takes part in ‘Culture night’ (Kulturnatten) for the first time on Friday 13 October.

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Europe's energy policies must be environmentally sound

Europe requires an integrated policy framework balancing the goals of energy security and competitiveness with environment policy, says a new report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA), based in Copenhagen.

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The dynamics of Europe's changing landscape - Essential information to thrive in today's changing world

Recent analyses by the EEA show that land is becoming a scarce resource: 800 000 ha of Europe's land cover was converted to artificial surfaces from 1990-2000. Only with careful spatial planning of urban and rural development can Europe avoid compromising its agricultural production, biodiversity, energy security and Kyoto targets and aspirations under the Lisbon agenda.

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