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devil Jan 26, 2019 12:37 PM
Cyprus national plan aims for reduction of greenhouse emissions by 24% compared to 2005 levels.

    The plan sets a goal for a 24% reduction in greenhouse emissions in Cyprus by 2030, compared to 2005 levels (excluding emissions from electricity, cement and pottery / brickworks), when the EU target is 40% by 2030.

This is scandalous. The EU targets a 40% reduction by 2030 from all sources. Cyprus targets an estimated 12% reduction by 2030.

Why? When the quote says an already meagre 24% reduction? Because electricity, cement and pottery / brickworks are excluded and these account for a minimum guestimated 50% of the total. So, the official 24% reduction is, in effect, a downright lie because it comes essentially only from transport and heating.

https://in-cyprus.com/national-plan-aim ... 05-levels/
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EEA Feb 06, 2019 02:18 PM
Dear devil,

Just to let you know, we are working on gathering the details of the announced emissions reduction plan by the Cabinet of Cyprus and the methodology decisions behind excluding emissions from the sectors mentioned.

Best regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
EEA Feb 26, 2019 03:08 PM

Kindly be informed that the EEA is the agency of the EU, whose task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment.

On this basis, we have been in touch with the National Focal Point to Cyprus, who has informed us that the statement "Cyprus national plan aims for reduction of greenhouse emissions by 24% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels (excluding emissions from electricity, cement and pottery/brickworks), when the EU target is 40% by 2030, satisfies the national legislation. More specifically, the cement, ceramics and electricity sectors participate in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) that determines and allocates emission allowances per year and per installation as required by the relevant national legislation".

You may wish to note that we have recently produced EEA Report No 16/2018, 'Trends and projections in Europe 2018 - Tracking progress towards Europe's climate and energy targets', which is based on the most recent reported and approximated data from EU Member States on greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy uptake and energy consumption, which you may find useful for further information. See: https://www.eea.europa.eu/p[…]ope-2018-climate-and-energy

Based on information reported by the Member States, the following link also provides access to information on national climate change mitigation policies and measures: https://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/national-policies-and-measures

However, please be aware that European environmental legislation is beyond EEA's working remit. The EEA neither sets nor enforces environmental policies, and has no mandate for providing legal or technical assistance for complaints relating to environmental legislation, and no powers of investigation.

Under the Treaty establishing the European Community, it is the European Commission who is responsible for ensuring that European Community law is correctly applied.

Kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service