The EU has forwarded to the UN its final estimate of EU-15 greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, fixing formally the baseline against which they must reduce emissions 8% by 2008-12.
According to the European environment agency, the EU-15 will be permitted to emit just over 19.7bn tonnes of CO2-equivalent between 2008 and 2012. This equates to an average of 4,278m per year during the Kyoto commitment period.
Estimates of 1990 emissions have been creeping up as countries have made statistical revisions. Five years ago, the figure quoted was some 3 per cent lower than now.
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