Earth Science News  





. EU CO2 emissions drop 7.7 percent from 1990 levels: EAA

by Staff Writers
Paris (AFP) June 20, 2008
Greenhouse gas emissions from the European Union dropped 7.7 percent from 1990 to 2006, even as the use of carbon dioxide-intensive coal increased, the European Environment Agency said Friday.

If the EU maintains this pace, it would very nearly fulfill its Kyoto commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by eight percent compared to 1990 levels before 2012, the Copenhagen-based Agency said in an annual report.

The year 1990 is a benchmark for the Kyoto Protocol, a legally binding treaty that obliges industrialised countries which have signed and ratified it to trim their output of six carbon gases.

The emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), produced mainly by the burning of fossil fuels, remained stable across the EU's 27 nations in 2006 compared to the year before.

But heavier use of coal for power and heat production resulted in an increase of 15.4 million tonnes of CO2 from this sector in 2006.

Poland alone accounted for an increment of 7.6 million tonnes of coal-generated emissions.

Denmark and Finland turned in the biggest relative increase in greenhouse gas emissions, 10.9 and 16.3 percent respectively, also due to an increase in the burning of coal to generate power.

EU-15 nations cut emissions by 0.8 percent -- some 35 million tonnes -- in 2006, accounting for 81 percent of the EU total.

The net reduction in 2006 of greenhouse gases for the EU-27 was due mainly to lower emission of nitrous oxide produced by chemical plants, the report concluded.

Above and beyond its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, the EU has unilaterally set a goal of reducing the gases that drive global warming 20 percent by 2020, measured against the 1990 benchmark.

Under the Kyoto rules, the EU must report the emissions for each greenhouse gas from every member state on an annual basis.

Community
Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
Climate Science News - Modeling, Mitigation Adaptation




Tempur-Pedic Mattress Comparison

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News
Urgent Need For New Computer Models To Address Climate Change
Princeton NJ (SPX) Jun 20, 2008
Two papers published in the journal Science by Microsoft Research ecologist Drew Purves together with research colleagues at Princeton University and universities in Madrid, Spain, highlight how an improved understanding of forest dynamics is needed to better predict environmental change.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Commentary: Oversight overkill
  • Disasters raising new tests for telecoms: experts
  • China improving air drop ability after quake setbacks: state media
  • Spate of disasters empties Red Cross coffers

  • EU CO2 emissions drop 7.7 percent from 1990 levels: EAA
  • Urgent Need For New Computer Models To Address Climate Change
  • US should take on lead role in climate change battle: envoy
  • US envoy says no 'G8 solution' to climate change

  • Satellite for tracking sea levels set for launch
  • Jason-1 Will Make It's 30,000th Orbit
  • NMSU Uses Information Collected In Space To Help Those On The Ground
  • Aster Images Sichuan Earthquake In China

  • Workers Go On Strike In Azeri Oil Industry Over Low Wages
  • Nigerian Delta Leaders Reject Peace Summit Despite Petroleum Boom
  • Oil higher in Asia as analysts mull China fuel price hike
  • Even Texan oilmen think energy supplies have to be diversified

  • Epidemics emerge as major threat in China's quake zone: report
  • Bird flu hits southern China: state press
  • Wet Or Dry, Montana Still Threatened By West Nile
  • Hong Kong traders may have ignored bird flu warning signs: govt

  • Eco-friendly pets: Fido reduces his carbon paw print
  • New Findings On Immune System In Amphibians
  • Scientists Fix Bugs In Our Understanding Of Evolution
  • Unlocking The Genome Of The Worst Bug On Planet Earth

  • Italy announces opening of controversial landfill site: report
  • Russian leader says environment problems a security threat
  • UNH Researchers Test Sediment-Scrubbing Technology In Cocheco River
  • Ecological fears over venture between BHP and Indonesian miner

  • Sony says new camcorder will photograph smiles
  • Brain Scans Reveal What's Behind The Aversion To Loss Of Possessions
  • Origins Of The Brain
  • Human Mobility Is Not A Random Event

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2007 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement