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EU Broke 2020 Emissions Targets by 2014

The EU soared past its 2020 carbon cutting goal six years early, according to European Environment Agency data.

Greenhouse gas emissions in 2014 were 4.1% lower than the previous year and 24.4% below the 1990 baseline. The 2020 target is a 20% cut.

The biggest savings were in manufacturing, power generation and home heating (helped by a warm winter). They outweighed increases in CO2 from road transport and potent warming HFC gases from air conditioners and fridges.

David Kent

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