The European Union is on track to meet or beat its Kyoto Protocol emissions reduction targets despite an increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2010. According to an October 7 report, Progress towards Achieving the Kyoto Objectives, overall emissions of the 27 EU countries in 2010 were 15.5 percent below the 1990 level, and most EU countries have a target of 8 percent below the 1990 level. The decline reflected a fall in emissions of 7.1 percent between 2008 and 2009 as a result of the economy. The EU is considering supporting a Kyoto Protocol extension to 2020 if developing countries pledge to begin reducing emissions by then.