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EU Lagging Behind In GHG Cuts

February 10, 2021

By Paul Homewood




In its INDC at Paris, the EU pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% of 1990 levels by 2030. The UK signed up to the same target as part of the EU at the time.

Yet the EU’s progress has not been shared equally – far from it. The UK has already cut emissions by 38%, and the Fifth Carbon Budget legally requires a cut of 57% by 2030.

The EU27 average cut is only 20%, with many countries such as France, Netherlands, Italy and Belgium performing much worse. Incredibly we find that Spain, Ireland, and Austria have actually increased emissions since 1990. Even the much vaunted Germany has only managed a cut of 29%.


Instead of trying to destroy jobs in Cumbria, maybe Roger Harrabin and the demented Ed Miliband  might care to turn their attention to their beloved EU.

  1. Ian Pike permalink
    February 10, 2021 7:21 pm

    And how does our cost of electricity compared with that in the EU?

  2. February 10, 2021 7:53 pm

    Has the UK really made any cuts in carbon emissions if one takes into account those produced by countries where our industries were transferred to and where the production is shipped back to the UK?

    • MikeHig permalink
      February 10, 2021 9:57 pm

      I saw an article recently (forgot to tag it) which claimed that, when “imported” carbon is taken into account, our total emissions are virtually the same as 1990.

      • Ian Magness permalink
        February 10, 2021 10:26 pm

        ….and don’t forget the very real emissions from biofuels, especially the Drax process. If “carbon accounting” was carried out rigorously and fairly, a quite different graph might well emerge.

    • 1saveenergy permalink
      February 10, 2021 11:46 pm

      No, … they don’t take account of embedded CO2 outside of our borders.
      It’s creative accountancy.

  3. Penda100 permalink
    February 10, 2021 8:04 pm

    Harrabin and the rest of the Green Blob are only interested in virtue signalling and making life miserable for ordinary people. Meanwhile China and India live in the real world.

  4. Stuart Brown permalink
    February 10, 2021 8:23 pm

    I was wondering if there was a sensible country left on the planet. Go,Turkey!

  5. February 10, 2021 8:35 pm


    You are looking for logic when it is obvious that there is none.

  6. Harry Passfield permalink
    February 10, 2021 9:48 pm

    I commented on another blog about the US election (ok, I know. Stay with me) and mentioned that the Dems still had to take into account the 75M voters against Biden. To paraphrase, the comment I got back was along the lines of, let them suck it up.
    I kind of feel that way about carbon targets and the virtue-signalling about who can reduce ‘carbon’ the most. It doesn’t matter.

    • bobn permalink
      February 10, 2021 10:18 pm

      Yep, I light fires and burn rubbish all i can. Release the beautiful life giving CO2.

  7. NeilC permalink
    February 11, 2021 5:13 am

    Net Zero COVID, Net Zero Carbon, Net Zero Jobs, Net Zero Tax Income, Net Zero Brains

  8. MrGrimNasty permalink
    February 11, 2021 10:06 am

    After -22.9C at Braemar (some way off the -27.2C recorded 3 times), Scotland has a wildfire problem!

  9. A C Osborn permalink
    February 11, 2021 10:16 am

    Expecting France to reduce it’s emissions it a bit unrealistic considering their percentage of Nuclear zero CO2 generation.
    Germany only achieved it’s reduction by closing old East German Industries and generation..

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