EU carbon emissions ‘plummeted in 2009’

Nuke cooling towers

Steam rises from the cooling towers at the Ferrybridge power station near Leeds, in the north of England. Greenhouse-gas emissions by the 27 members of the European Union fell by 7.1 percent in 2009 over 2008, the European Environment Agency says. (AFP/File/Paul Ellis)

Reuters
Tue May 31, 8:11 am ET
by Staff

PARIS (AFP) – Greenhouse-gas emissions by the 27 members of the European Union fell by 7.1 percent in 2009 over 2008, driven by economic recession but also a switch to renewable energy, the European Environment Agency (EAA) said on Tuesday.

Emissions of the 15 countries that signed up to the Kyoto Protocol before EU enlargement fell by 6.9 percent in 2009 over the previous year, it said in a press release.

Their target under Kyoto is an overall reduction of eight percent for the 2008-2012 period compared with the benchmark year of 1990.

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