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02 Dec 2015

Eurostat provides statistics for Paris Climate Conference

COP21, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened on 30 November 2015 and is currently taking place in Paris. On the occasion of this high-level international climate conference, Eurostat, the EU statistics office, has issued a set of infographics outlining the current situation in the EU and the 28 Member States, and provided links to a range of data available on Eurostat's website.

According to Eurostat, at a reduction level of 17.9%, the EU is well on the way to achieving its Europe 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 compared to the level of 1990. The EU is envisaging a target of reducing emissions by 40% by 2030. At 27%, the energy sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, followed by industry (26%), households (19%), agriculture (12%), transport (11%) and services (6%). While the EU consumed the same amount of energy in 2013 as in 1990, the share of fossil fuels has fallen from 83% to 75%, and the share of renewables has increased. There has also been a significant decrease of waste sent to landfill in the EU, and an increase in the EU's forest area.

For more information:

EC press release

Eurostat brochure "Climate Change and the EU"

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