The new report of the European Environment Agency (EEA) "Trends and projections in Europe 2020" highlights the progress made by the EU-27 (plus the UK) towards the EU 2020 climate and energy targets. A figure that puts Europe on track in view of the more ambitious objectives of the European Green Deal for 2030 and 2050 (climate neutrality). 

Since 1990, greenhouse gas emissions produced in the EU have been steadily decreasing, and in 2019 they fell by 24% compared to 1990 levels.
The rapid decarbonisation of the energy sector has led to significant and lasting emission reductions in the sectors covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). In the other sectors (transport, buildings, agriculture), the achievement of the national annual targets for 2013-2020 has been consistent, but exceeding the overall EU level has been reduced.
Preliminary EEA data suggest that the EU-27 achieved a total share of energy from renewable sources of 19.4% in 2019, in line with the 2020 target of a minimum share of 20%. However, transport energy needs from renewables are still below the European target of 10%.
Efforts to achieve the 2020 energy efficiency targets remain insufficient. According to estimates, final energy consumption in the EU-27 stabilized in 2019, but only 9 Member States - including Italy - were on track to reach their national targets.
If recent trends suggest that the 2020 climate targets will be reached or exceeded, maintaining the course towards the 2030 and 2050 targets will require sustained and long-term efforts and the introduction of new measures. From this point of view, the resources for recovery from the Covid-19 crisis defined at national and European level represent a unique opportunity to invest in activities compatible with the European objectives of climate neutrality and sustainability.

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