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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

EU 'low-carbon roadmap' aims for 25% cuts by 2020

Energy savings could slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by as early as 2020, according to a draft copy of the EU's long-awaited 'roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050,' seen by EurActiv. The EU's current goals for 2020 involve reducing emissions by 20% on 1990 levels, increasing the share of renewables in the bloc's energy mix by 20% and improving energy efficiency by 20%. But in a twist to the debate over whether the economic crisis has made a 30% emissions reduction more realisable, the document says implementing the EU's stalling energy savings goals would reduce emissions by a further 5%. "The analysis shows that the cost-efficient pathway to the necessary reduction in 2050 requires a 25% domestic reduction in 2020," the paper reads. "It also shows, however, that the EU can produce this reduction if it delivers on its existing commitment to increase energy efficiency by 20% by 2020."

Source: Euractiv

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