Greenhouse gas emissions from the European Union (EU) have fallen to their lowest levels since 1990.

Emissions dropped by 4.1% during 2014 to 24.4% of 1990 levels, according to figures from the European Environment Agency (EEA).

The use of renewables, the use of less carbon intensive fuels and improvements in energy efficiency have all been hailed for reducing emissions.
The recession following the 2008 financial crisis and warmer winters since 1990 have also helped to the figures.

‘Boost our investment’

Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director, said: “It is positive that Europe has been able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions substantially since 1990.

“It is an important step towards reaching our 2030 and 2050 climate targets.

“To accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon society, we need to further boost our investments in technology and innovation aimed at reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.”

> Read the EEA's announcement