The European Environment Agency, in its October 9 report Trends and Projections in Europe 2013: Tracking Progress Towards Europe’s Climate and Energy Targets Until 2020, said the European Union is close to achieving its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target eight years ahead of schedule. The EU reduced emissions 18 percent from 1990 levels by 2012, and the report projects the emissions could be cut 21 percent by 2020 with existing policies. Should additional policies be implemented, the reduction could be 24 percent by 2020.