• Posted 11-Jul-2016

EU greenhouse gas emissions at lowest level since 1990

European Union (EU) greenhouse gas emissions continued to decrease in 2014, with a 4.1% reduction in emissions to 24.4% below 1990 levels, according to the EU's annual inventory published on 11 July 2016 by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

In absolute terms, greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 1383 million tonnes (Mt) in the EU since 1990, reaching 4282 Mt of CO2 equivalents in 2014. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the 24-year period was due to a variety of factors, including the growing share in the use of renewables, the use of less carbon intensive fuels and improvements in energy efficiency, as well as to structural changes in the economy. Demand for energy to heat households has also been lower, as Europe on average has experienced milder winters since 1990, which has also helped reduce emissions.

More information: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/eu-greenhouse-gas-emissions-at/#parent-fieldname-title