EU ‘makes no improvements’ on emissions from new cars

For 17 member states, the average CO2 emissions were higher than in 2016

EU car and van makers meet 2016 CO2 targets

All car and van manufacturers in the EU met their carbon dioxide (CO2) specific emission targets in 2016. The findings of the latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) show new passenger cars sold in the EU two years ago had CO2 average emissions of 118.1 grams (g) CO2/km. That’s 28% lower than in […]

EU sees lowest use of HFCs since 2007

The use of the powerful greenhouse gas hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) was the lowest in the EU last year in terms of their global warming effect since 2007. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals consumption of HFCs, most commonly used in fridges and air conditioners, was already 14% below the EU’s obligation for […]

UK consults on aviation EU emissions trading system

A consultation on the UK’s implementation of the agreed amendments to the Aviation EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) legislation has been launched. It follows the agreement reached between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council on the future of the aviation EU ETS earlier this year. That includes extending “to limit the scope […]

New interactive EU map shows air quality in real time

A new interactive map that monitors air quality in real time across Europe has been launched. The European Commission and European Environment Agency’s (EEA) Air Quality Atlas shows the local air quality situation based on five key pollutants that harm people’s health and environment. That includes particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ground level ozone (O3), […]

EU on track to meet 2020 emissions target

The EU is on track to meet its emissions reduction target set for 2020. However, more work is needed to meet longer term goals, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Its latest analysis suggests greenhouse gas emissions across the EU “decreased modestly” last year by 0.7% from 2015. The slight drop corresponds to a […]

UK had largest number of polluting facilities in EU in 2015

The UK had the largest number of facilities releasing air and water pollution in Europe in 2015. According to the European Environment Agency, the UK had 14 facilities, followed by Germany with 7 and France and Poland with 5 each. Its analysis is based on latest data available for 2015, covering 35,000 facilities across Europe, […]

European nations ‘must take rapid action on climate financing’

European countries need to rapidly step up efforts on climate financing to meet low carbon targets. That’s according to the European Environment Agency (EEA), which suggests the nations must define their investment needs and plans to match their objectives towards a low carbon and climate-resilient economy. It also stresses the need for “clear information” on […]

EU ‘on track to meet 2020 green goals but must step up long term efforts’

The EU needs be more ambitious and step up its efforts towards its 2030 and 2050 renewable energy and decarbonisation targets. That’s according to the European Environment Agency (EEA), which states the 28 Member States are collectively “well on their way” to meeting their 2020 green energy, efficiency and emission targets. However it adds the […]

EU emissions at lowest level in 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU continued to fall in 2014. The region saw a 4.1% reduction to 24.4% two years ago – the lowest level since 1990, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Emissions fell by 1.4 million tonnes, reaching 4.2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2014. The EEA states the reduction […]