The European Union’s (EU’s) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annual report published by the European Commission (EC) claims that the EU is likely to meet and possibly exceed its Kyoto Protocol emissions reductions targets. The report was prepared for formal submission to the European Parliament and the EU Council, which represents the governments of EU member states.

According to the report, emissions from the EU as a whole in 2008 were 14.3 percent below 1990, the base year, compared to the Kyoto target of an 8-percent reduction. The EC report says that the EU is expected to reduce emissions by an average of 14.2 percent below 1990 levels during the 2008-2012 Kyoto commitment period.