20% reduction of GHG emissions in 2020

In a joint Decision of the European Parliament and the Council the EU Member States agreed to reduce their total emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% in 2020 as compared to emissions in 1990. The reduction is to take effect in the period 2013-2020. An indicative target of 50% reduction in 2035 is part of the decision.

In the agreement the EU15 Member States have committed themselves to the higher share in the reduction while new Member States will be allowed temporary increases in their GHG-emissions. The agreed reduction percentages against the 2005 emissions are listed in the table (Annex II of Decision No 406/2009/EC). For the full text of the Decision click here.

 

Member State greenhouse gas emission limits in 2020 compared to 2005 greenhouse gas emissions levels

 

Member State

Reduction/

Increase(-/+)

Member State

Reduction/

Increase (+/-)

Belgium

-15%

Luxemburg

-20%

Bulgaria

+20%

Hungary

+10%

Czech Republic

+9%

Malta

+5%

Denmark

-20%

Netherlands

-16%

Germany

-14%

Austria

-16%

Estonia

+11%

Poland

+14%

Ireland

-20%

Portugal

+1%

Greece

-4%

Romania

+19%

Spain

-10%

Slovenia

+4%

France

-14%

Slovakia

+13%

Italy

-13%

Finland

-16%

Cyprus

-5%

Sweden

-17%

Latvia

17%

UK

-16%

Lithuania

15%