EU-27 emissions down 8 percent since 1990
The European Environment Agency (EEA) reports:
Total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27, excluding emission and removals from land-use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF), decreased by 0.7% between 2004 and 2005 and by 7.9% between 1990 and 2005.
Over the same period, 1990 to 2005, U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions are up an alarming 17 percent (PDF). The EEA report underscores a point I have made repeatedly — the transportation sector remains the toughest nut to crack:
Between 1990 and 2005, greenhouse gas emissions decreased in all sectors except in the transport sector, where they increased significantly.
The EU-15 are down 2 percent since 1990, whereas Kyoto requires an 8 percent drop averaged over 2008-2012. This suggests the EU-15 will be buying some tons on the international market (perhaps from their neighbors) if they want to meet their target, which I hope they do — notwithstanding how politically unattractive that must seem to those countries with the richest country in the world refusing to do its part.
If you’d like to see how each country is doing, this figure has all the details (click on it to enlarge, and then click on it again):