The AP reports:
But their shortfalls would be made up by Britain, Germany and Sweden, which were expected to show “outstanding performance,” according to agency’s executive director, Jacqueline McGlade.
The 15 were the only nations in the European Union in 1997, when it joined the Kyoto Protocol under an “EU burden-sharing agreement.” The 12 nations that have since joined the bloc are not obliged to help meet its Kyoto targets.
The European Environment Agency released a report Thursday detailing each of the 15 nations’ progress on cutting greenhouse gases, as well as an estimate of what Europe’s long-term situation with emissions might be.
It said that while EU emissions were projected to decrease through 2020 — meeting its 20-percent reduction target compared with 1990 levels — the bloc was still far from implementing other measures, including a European Commission proposal that the bloc derives 20 percent of its energy from renewable supplies by 2020.