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Chart of the week: Obama's lacklustre breakthrough on emissions

Compared to 1990 the US proposal on reducing emissions from coal fired plants by 30% compared to 2005 implies that total greenhouse gas emissions will

Publishing date
04 June 2014
Authors
Georg Zachmann

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The US proposal on reducing emissions from coal fired plants by 30% compared to 2005 will limit the increase in total greenhouse gas emissions to only 3 percent compared to 1990, while they are currently already 5 percent above that level. By way of contrast, the European Commission proposes to cut emissions by 2030 by 40 percent in the same period.

Assistance by Sergiy Golovin is gratefully acknowledged.

About the authors

  • Georg Zachmann

    Georg Zachmann is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, where he has worked since 2009 on energy and climate policy. His work focuses on regional and distributional impacts of decarbonisation, the analysis and design of carbon, gas and electricity markets, and EU energy and climate policies. Previously, he worked at the German Ministry of Finance, the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, the energy think tank LARSEN in Paris, and the policy consultancy Berlin Economics.

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