EU-27 Emissions down 8% since 1990

The European Environment Agency (EEA) reports:

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27, excluding emission and removals from land-use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), decreased by 0.7 % between 2004 and 2005 and by 7.9 % between 1990 and 2005.

Over the same period, 1990 to 2005, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are up an alarmaing 17%. The EEA report underscores a point I have made repeatedly — the transportation sector remains the toughest nut to crack:

Between 1990 and 2005, greenhouse gas emissions decreased in all sectors except in the transport sector, where they increased significantly.


The EU-15 are down 2% since 1990, whereas Kyoto requires an 8% drop averaged over 2008-2012. This suggests the EU-15 will be buying some tons on the international market (perhaps from their neighbors) if they want to meet their target, which I hope they do — notwithstanding how politically unattractive that must seem to those countries with the richest country in the world refusing to do its part.

If you’d like to see how each country is doing, this figure has all the details (click on it to enlarge, and then click on it again):


6 Responses to EU-27 Emissions down 8% since 1990

  1. Ben says:

    If they’ve decreased CO2 emissions then their economies must be suffering…

    Oh they aren’t? “The Delayers” are wrong again.

  2. Joe says:

    Yes, strange, in fact, that the dollar has been collapsing against the Euro. Why, it’s almost as if they have been getting richer while we have been getting poorer. But that’s not possible, is it???

  3. Andrew E says:

    A little confused…please clarify.

    The blue bar represents actual reduction so far and the red bar represents required reductions. Is this correct?

    If that’s the case, then how did Spain and Portugal get their Kyoto targets to be significant *increases* from 1990?

  4. Andrew E says:

    Also missing is the spectacular failure of Canada to reduce its emissions despite being a proponent of Kyoto. Our GHG emissions per capita rival that of the US.

  5. Ed says:

    Yes, but … how much of the EU reduction comes from exporting heavy industry to China, etc, and from switching from coal to gas. Of course, switching from coal to gas is not a bad thing (at least, if you’ve still got gas) but it’s not something you can repeat so it’s not obvious to me that this is trend.

  6. Joe says:

    Spain and Portugal were basically treated as not fully developed countries.
    Switching from coal to gas is legit. Then you switch to zero-carbon sources.
    China remains a big issue.