The European Union pumped out 8% less carbon dioxide from the fossil fuels it burned in 2023 than it did in 2022, pushing emissions to their lowest level in 60 years, according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. “EU CO2 emissions have finally fallen back to levels apparent in my parents’ generation in the 1960s,” said CREA analyst Isaac Levi. “Yet, over this time period, the economy has tripled – showing that climate change can be combated without foregoing economic growth.” The EU built record levels of solar panels and wind turbines in 2023 and made more electricity from dams and nuclear power plants than the previous year. But if the EU is to achieve its 2030 target, the 27 member states need to cut emissions about twice as fast as they have done on average over the last 17 years, says the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change.

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