No EU country on track to meet all three 2020 climate goals: EEA

Brussels (Platts)--10 Oct 2013 733 am EDT/1133 GMT

No EU country is on track to meet all three 2020 goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy use and improving energy efficiency, but none is underperforming on all three either, the European Environment Agency said in a progress report Wednesday.

Overall the EU is on track to meet its 2020 binding targets to cut emissions by 20% below 1990 levels and to increase renewables' share of final energy demand to 20%, the EEA said.

But the EU needs to make "further improvements" to meet the non-binding 2020 goal to improve energy efficiency by 20%, EEA said.

EEA data showed that only four of the 28 EU countries are making good progress on energy efficiency -- Bulgaria, Denmark, France and Germany. Eight EU countries are behind, including Italy and Spain, and the rest have made some progress but need to do more, the EEA said.

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"EEA's latest analysis confirms that renewable energy and energy efficiency are having a significant effect on bringing down emissions," said EEA executive director Hans Bruyninckx.

"We must keep building on this success -- to achieve the emissions cuts demanded by science, member states must ensure that they are not making choices today that become obstacles to a low carbon future," he added.


European countries are overall on track to meet their separate binding emissions reduction targets for 2008-2012 under the international Kyoto protocol, the EEA said.

But for four countries -- Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Spain -- this involves buying "significant quantities of Kyoto units" under the protocol's flexible mechanism, it said.

"These quantities represent between 13% and 20% of their respective base-year emissions (not accounting for the use of credits by EU Emissions Trading Scheme operators), compared to an EU-15 average of 1.9%," the EEA said.

Italy would have to buy Kyoto credits representing 1.1% of its base-year emissions to meet its Kyoto target, the EEA said.

But Italy has not said how many credits it plans to buy nor how much money it has set aside for this, the EEA said.

--Siobhan Hall,
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