EU greenhouse gas emissions lowest to date
The European Environment Agency says greenhouse gas emissions dropped 3.3 per cent compared to 2010, and were 18.4 per cent below 1990 levels. It cited a milder winter in 2011 as the main reason for the drop.
Agency director Jacqueline McGlade said today the European Union was "making clear progress towards its emission targets."
The agency said nearly two-thirds of the emission reductions came from Britain, France and Germany, while the largest increases were in Romania, Bulgaria and Spain.
A UN climate conference in December agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that limits the greenhouse gas output of some rich countries.