The EU is on track to deliver on its Kyoto Protocol commitments for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions; the latest projections indicate that the 15 EU Member States who collectively signed up to Kyoto (the EU-15) will meet their 8 percent reduction target."These projections further cement the EU's leadership in delivering on our international commitments to combat climate change," said EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. "They show that the EU-15 is well on track to meet its Kyoto target for 2008-2012. And with the EU climate and energy package adopted earlier this year, we have already put in place the key measures to reduce our emissions much further to at least 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. No other region of the world has yet done this. But a 20 percent cut is not enough to prevent dangerous climate change, and that is why the EU has pledged to scale up our reduction to 30 percent provided other major emitters contribute their fair share to an ambitious global climate agreement in December in Copenhagen. It is crucial that our partners in the industrialized world and the big emerging economies live up to their responsibilities."Ten of the 12 Member States that joined the EU after Kyoto also have individual commitments under the protocol, and it is projected that they will reduce their emissions to 6 or 8 percent below base-year levels.
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