EU emissions down in 2006

Member states of the European Union are happy to note that their overall greenhouse gas emissions in 2006, as reported by the European Environment Agency, is down 0.3% from 2006 for EU-27 and 0.8% for EU-15.

The EU Commission said the result puts them on track to meeting Kyoto Protocol emissions target. Total emissions in the European Union were 5.1 billion tonnes in 2006.

The main contributor to the decrease, according to the study, was lower consumption of gas and oil in households and services, which accounted for emission cuts of 16.6 million tonnes, particularly in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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