Europe Unlikely to Meet Climate Goal, Study Finds

A coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Many energy providers there use brown coal, a cheap and dirty fossil fuel. Credit Martin Meissner/Associated Press

BERLIN — The European Union will fail to meet an ambitious goal of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 unless it takes more aggressive measures to limit the use of fossil fuels and adopts new environmental policies, according to a report scheduled for release on Tuesday.

Although European countries are on track to meet, and even surpass, the goal of reducing 1990-level greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, existing policies are not robust enough to ensure that the 2050 targets are met, the report said. Those targets, scientists have said, are critical to forestalling the most catastrophic effects of climate change, which are linked to carbon emissions caused by human activity.

“The level of ambition of environmental policies currently in place to reduce environmental pressures may not enable Europe to achieve long-term environmental goals, such as the 2050 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent,” the report said.

The report also noted that transportation continues to account for a quarter of all carbon emissions within the European Union, and reducing those by 60 percent by 2050 will require “significant additional measures”…

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  • Exile1981

    Europe used up most of it’s anthracite years ago and has been using Lignite for years which has a substantial amount of pollution and a much lower heat value than the high grade Bituminous coal used in Canada.

    As a side note 90% of the coal reserves in Canada are in the 3 western provinces and only in the last few years has BC started to give permits for coal mining again.

  • Jay Currie

    Well, turning off the German nukes didn’t help.

    But it doesn’t matter because CO2 is a minor, very minor, cause of warming. A fact which the political class is going all in to deny.

  • WalterBannon

    Boo Hoo. I guess the world will come to an end now. Or were those climate cultists lying about that whole the planet is going to burn up thing.

  • canminuteman

    By 2050 Europe will be the caliphate anyway, so what does t matter. They might as well just nuke themselves for all the difference it will make to their future.