Extracts from the press conference by Stavros Dimas on the greenhouse gas emissions report
On 29 May 2009, Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, welcomed during the press conference, the news that EU greenhouse gas emissions have fallen for the third consecutive year. The emissions inventory compiled by the European Environment Agency for 2007, the latest year for which complete data is available, shows that EU-15 emissions dropped by 1.6% from 2006 while the economy grew by 2.7 %. The reduction takes EU-15 emissions to 5.0% below their levels in the base year (1990 in most cases). This puts the EU-15 well on track to meet its Kyoto Protocol target of reducing emissions in the 2008-2012 period, to an average of 8% below the base year level. EU-27 emissions fell 1.2% over the year to stand 12.5% lower than in the base year.
Stavros Dimas said also that it proves that they can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, without hindering economic development.