This Week in Environmental News: October 18th

World Environmental News

Many of the European Union’s 15 original member nations are on target to meet Kyoto treaty commitments original agreement of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 8% by the year 2012. The only countries that our currently behind the others include Denmark, Italy and Spain. Just yesterday a report was released by the European Environment Agency in order to detail each countries progress on meeting the treaty. The report also included that all countries were on target to meeting their long term goal of reducing emissions 20% by 2020. It is good to see that Europe as a whole is pushing all original members to it’s original agreement to reduce emissions that harm our environment. Also in the treaty was that all it’s members be using 20% of their energy needs from renewable energy. Most of the countries are far from meeting that goal, but many countries including Britain are at work to moving their countries to use renewable sources of energy like wind and solar.

Wind Energy News

A business fund owned by Abu Dhabi’s government is buying a 20% share in London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm development. Masdar green investment fund invests in the research and development of clean renewable energy. The fund bought 40% of German’s giant energy company E.on current half share in the project. The project could have as many as 271 wind turbines offshore in the Thames Estuary of Britain. The funds provided give the project a surer footing as their have been many financial worries over the past few months. The wind farm will generate an estimated 1,000 megawatts of power, enough electricity to power around 750,000 homes. That amount of energy will boost Britain’s percentage of energy coming from renewable energy in order to meet the EU’s target of 20% by the year 2020.

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