ClimateGate news

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Europeans not on track to meet Kyoto

The European Union (EU) is not on track to meet it's greenhouse gas emissions targets under Kyoto, according to an environmental group:

EU emissions slightly decreased in 2005 relative to the previous year, by 0.7 percent - the first decrease since 2001. But in 2005, the combined EU-15 emissions were still only 1.5 percent below 1990 levels, meaning that the EU-15 is not on course to meet its international Kyoto Protocol obligations to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 8 percent by 2012. Spain, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, Italy and Ireland are still furthest from their Kyoto emissions targets.

Sonja Meister, Climate Campaigner at Friends of the Europe said: "The new data clearly shows that the EU is still way off course to meet its Kyoto target. The slight drop in emissions in 2005 is a decrease over only one year and is by no means a trend yet. European governments have to seriously increase their efforts to combat climate change, with drastic measures now to set the EU's emissions on a downward path into the long term."

The slight reduction in emissions in 2005 was mainly due to large emissions reductions from Germany, Finland and the Netherlands, which masked increases in many other countries, like Spain and Lithuania. The reduction in Germany and Finland results partly from a shift from coal to cleaner energy sources in the production of public electricity. But at the same time, Friends of the Earth Europe highlights that the decrease in household emissions in Germany and also the Netherlands could be a result of warmer weather conditions, especially since these countries experienced particularly warm winters in 2005.
Emphasis added.

Interesting statement above, "the decrease in emissions... could be a result of warmer weather". So warmer weather accounts for the lowers ghg emissions from energy used for heating. Hmmm.

1 comment:

John Nicklin said...

I looked at the EEA report on Kyoto targets at my blog and did some math. When you look at the actual numbers in their chart, not the smoke and mirrors numbers in the commentary, they are about 7.4% above target. A careful comparison of the commentary related to the chart provided in the report shows that they use actual numbers where results are good and "burden sharing" numbers where they are bad. Plus, they left a few countries out of the commentary.

So, our moral superiors aren't doing quite so well.