An overview published by the European Commission shows that compared with 1990, Estonia has contracted its greenhouse gases emissions by half and is thus the most successful country in meeting the Kyoto Protocol aims.
Minister of the Environment Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said that when it ratified the Kyoto protocol, Estonia accepted the obligation to reduce its greenhouse gases emissions by eight % and the aim has been met by a wide margin. "The main role in this was due to reshaping the Soviet period economy into a modern, significantly less energy-intensive economy. In order to move on towards a purer economy it is necessary to increase the share of renewable energy and to contribute more to green economy, innovation, and more effective technologies," Pentus-Rosimannus said.
The European Union as a whole has also rapidly moved towards meeting the Kyoto aims. Compared with 1999, emissions of greenhouse gases in the member countries have contracted 15% and pollution is contracting.
The biggest emitters of greenhouse gases in the EU are Germany and Great Britain, which all told have one third of the greenhouse gases emissions, followed by France and Italy. The overview was based on the latest greenhouse gases emissions data from 2010.
(From Estonian Review)
Estonia is Most Successful Reducer of CO2 Emissions