Downward emissions trend despite economic growth
With a 1.9% drop in EU-15 emissions between 2007 and 2008 and an economy
that grew by 0.6%, the EU has shown again that economic growth and low-carbon
development can go hand in hand.
EU-27 emissions fell 2% compared to 2007. They consequently stood 11.3%
below levels in 1990 and 14.3% below levels in the base year (which for some
Member States differs from 1990).
There is no EU-27 emissions target under the Kyoto Protocol since the EU-12
were not Member States at the time. However, all of the EU-12 have individual
Kyoto commitments to cut emissions to 6% or 8% below base year levels, except
Cyprus and Malta which have no targets.
Verified emissions from all installations in the EU ETS in 2008 totalled
2.12 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent, representing about 43% of total EU
emissions. 2008 ETS emissions were 3.06% lower than the 2007 level. (ETS
emissions fell a further 11.6% in 2009 – see
The data was compiled by the European Environment Agency and has been
submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Further information: Link to the European Environment Agency: www.eea.europa.eu
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