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EU emissions down 23 percent, passing 2020 target

A report by the EU’s environment agency on Tuesday said 2014 emissions were 23 percent lower than in 1990.

The EU’s goal is to achieve 20 percent reductions by 2020, but the report said the bloc is headed for 24-25 percent cuts with current measures to fight climate change.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) HANS BRUYNINCKXM, European Environment Agency
“When we look at 2020 and we look at the projections there, we estimate that we will be at 24 percent without additional measures and 25 percent with additional measures.”

The EU has set out to reduce emissions 40 percent by 2030 compared to 1990.

The EU published the report ahead of the climate Change conference in Paris in December.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MIGUEL ARIAS CANETE, European Commission
“Today’s report shows that our policies work and the results speak for themselves; this is a very good signal ahead of the Paris Climate Conference where we are due to adopt new global climate agreement in less than 6 weeks. The results we have achieved should provide encouragement to all countries particularly to those putting climate plans and targets in place for the first time.”

The report also showed that to achieve the longer-term goals, EU should fundamentally change the way it produces and uses energy.

The EU is the world’s No. 3 greenhouse gas polluter.

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