The EU on track to meet its 2020 climate goals

A recent report from the European Environment Agency, a watchdog group, confirms that several countries are making good on their promises to reduce emissions and switch over to green energy.

The AFP reports:

By the end of 2012, the EU had reduced its output of heat-trapping greenhouse gases by nearly 18 percent compared to the benchmark year of 1990.

"It is already close to the target of 20-percent emissions reduction by 2020," the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in a report.

The EU is also on track to meet a goal of having renewable sources account for 20 percent of energy consumption in 2020.

As of 2011, renewables accounted for 13 percent, above the EU's mid-way target of 11.7 percent for 2011 and 2012.

However, the picture is less rosy for the EU's third objective for 2020, of securing a 20-percent gain in energy efficiency.

Only four members — Bulgaria, Denmark, France and Germany — "are making good progress," said the report.

So there's still room for improvement in efficiency, but this report is still good news. It suggests that nations actually are capable of changing old energy habits and expanding green energy use. Now we just need more countries to join in.

Read the full EEA report