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Rob Edwards

The following response was received from the European Environment Agency:

Thank you for your reference to the Agency in your article that appeared on Sunday. I would like to point out that our Executive Director’s presentation actually refers to the findings of a simulation model “C-Roads” developed by the Sustainability Institute. You can find more up-to-date information on their interpretations from their website: http://www.sustainer.org/climate_change/simulations.html. They should be rightfully credited for their work.

Just to clarify, the Agency’s own work on greenhouse gas emissions consists of the following:

1. Compiling the Annual European Community greenhouse gas inventory
The Annual European Community Greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2006 and inventory report 2008 is the annual submission of the European Community (EC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It presents the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory of the EC, the process and the methods used for the compilation of the EC inventory as well as GHG inventory data of the individual EC Member States. We intend to publish the 2009 report in June.

2. Providing access to GHG emissions data through the EEA GHG viewer the EEA CITL viewer
The EEA GHG viewer provides easy access and analysis of the data contained in the Annual European Community Greenhouse gas inventory 1990-2006 and inventory report 2008. It can show emission trends for the main sectors and allows for comparisons of emissions between different countries and activities.
The EEA CITL viewer enables users to better assess the data on installations and emissions covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, data which are contained in the Community Independent Transaction Log (CITL). It intends to support governments, market players and other stakeholders in their assessment of the European Emissions Trading Scheme.

3. Assessing annually the current and projected progress of EU Member States towards agreed international targets.
The report on Greenhouse gas emission trends and projections in Europe 2008 presents an assessment of the current and projected progress of EU Member States, EU candidate countries and other EEA member countries towards their respective targets under the Kyoto Protocol and of progress towards the EU target for 2020.

4. Providing easy access to country profiles on GHG emissions
Each country profile contains key data on past greenhouse gas emissions, projected greenhouse gas emissions during the Kyoto commitment period 2008-2012 and for 2020, with additional data on the EU ETS. It also includes short assessments of progress towards Kyoto targets and assessments of past trends.

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