Europe’s Carbon Loophole

The European Union is broadly credited with reducing its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and is on track to meet its goal of a 20 percent reduction in GHGs in 2020 compared to 1990 levels. But a full lifecycle accounting of European member state carbon emissions, including those emissions caused through consumption of imported goods, tells a different story: Under this accounting method, EU emissions have actually grown by 11 percent – with some nations seeing substantially higher emissions growth than others.

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