Small cut in EU's total greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 but transport emissions keep increasing

On 31 may 2018, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published the “Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2016 and inventory report 2018”. This report shows, according to the latest official data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), a 0.4 % decrease in the total EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, compared with 2015. From 1990 to 2016, the EU has reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 22.4 %, surpassing its 20 % reduction target by 2020. EU greenhouse gas emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic factors and, on average, milder winters, the EEA analysis shows. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to energy efficiency improvements, an increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels – more gas, less coal and oil.

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