EU ‘largely on track’ to meet carbon and energy targets

The European Union reduced emissions by approximately 18% between 1990 and 2012 and is on track to meeting its 20% emissions reduction target by 2020, according to a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report, writes

Considering EU progress in meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, the report, Trends and projections in Europe 2013, shows that the EU is also on track towards its common target for renewable energy consumption.

Renewables contributed 13% of final energy consumption in 2011, which should increase to 20% by 2020.

The collective primary energy consumption of the EU is expected to decrease towards the political objective of 20% reduction by 2020, although more policies are needed at Member State level.

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