Published 01st December 2009 - 4 comments - 1015 views -
My colleagues at Sandbag have developed this rather neat Target Calculator to help non-statisticians understand politicians' emissions promises. All you do is choose a country, put in the emissions reduction target, and then the table and graph will show you how close various countries are to hitting their targets. So the figures below show the EU's progress on emissions and that when it talks about a harsher 30% cut in emissions relative to 1990, it actually means a less-impressive-sounding 22.7% reduction relative to 2007.
In some places, the calculator highlights just how little ambition there is in many countries' aspirations. For example, in the UK, the calculator shows if we individually were to stick with the European target of 20% compared to 1990 levels, we'd really only need to further reduce our emissions by 3.3% compared to 2007.
Not much of a stretch really.
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