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 […]

Ten EU nations ‘continue to breach air pollutant emission limits’

The transport and agriculture sectors in 10 EU Member States are still emitting air pollutants above legal limits, new data reveals. Under the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NECD), EU Member States have individual air pollutant emission limits or “ceilings”, which restrict emissions for four air pollutants: Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), sulphur […]

CO2 emissions from new cars continue to fall

New cars sold in the EU are “increasingly” more fuel-efficient. Last year new cars emitted on average 119.6 grammes of Carbon Dioxide per kilometre (gCO2/km), 8% below the EU target set for 2015, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). Sales of new cars increased by 9% last year but CO2 emissions was 3% lower […]

EU generates 2bn tonnes of waste annually

Countries in the EU generate 2.5 billion tonnes of waste every year. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) analysed if Member States are focused on developing waste prevention programmes. The ‘Waste prevention in Europe – the status in 2014’ report reviews 27 national and regional schemes adopted by the end of last […]

EU on track for green energy goal but UK lagging

The European Union is on track to meeting its 2020 renewable energy targets despite some nations lagging behind. The European Environment Agency (EEA), which provides analysis to EU policymakers, said the UK, Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg generated less than 5% of energy, i.e. heat, transport and electricity, from renewable sources in 2013. In Sweden, Latvia, […]

EU ‘likely to surpass 2020 emissions target’

The European Union saw greenhouse gas emissions fall by nearly 2% last year, putting the EU “well on track” to reaching its 2020 target. Emissions dropped by 1.8% compared to 2012 and reached the lowest levels since 1990, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said. The EU has set a goal to reduce emissions of CO2 […]

UK leads Europe in carbon emissions cut

The UK cut the biggest greenhouse gas emissions than any other European country last year. That’s according to the European Environmental Agency (EEA), whose report shows a 6% or 36 million tonnes of carbon equivalent (Mt CO2) was reduced in 2011. The UK was followed by France (24 Mt CO2 or 5%) and Germany (17 […]