Abstract: The paper deals with the analysis o f the environmental goals‟ viability in Europe 2020 Strategy.
The analysis takes into consideration four indicators: total greenhouse gas emissions, share of renewable
energy in gross final energy consumption, primary energy consumption and final energy consumption. The
analysis is built on three steps: a comparative analysis between the Member States during 2002-2014,
followed by regressio n analysis and a forecast u ntil 2020. The regression analysis and the forecasts are
supported by SPSS19 software. All conclusions of the anal ysis are illustrated by the latest official statistic
data, pertinent tables and diagrams. The main conclusions of the paper are: EU2 8 is far away of achieving the
environment targets for 2020; there are great disparities between the Member States related to the
Keywords: greenhouse gas emissions; renewable energy; energy consumption; regional environment
JEL Classification: R10; R11; R19
1. General Approach
The global economy faces to a fabulous challenge: sustainable economic development. From this point
of view, environment becomes essential and restrictive for the future economic activities. A developed
country has to support better environment for the next generations. As a result, the global environment
challenge asks for global solutions because the environment problems are complex. On the other hand,
there are many stakeholders involved in both the causes and the solutions to environmental problems.
Moreover, the solving of the global environment problems requires changes in consumption and
pollution of the natural resources (Harris, 2012).
Other specialists consider that one of the most important concerns of modern life is environment. As a
result, the environmental problems have to be solved using global solutions able to guide the national
(individual) solutions, as well (Seitz & Hite, 2012).
One of the most balanced approach to environmental science instruction, with bias-free comparative
diagrams throughout and a focus on prevention of and solutions to environmental problems was
realised by George Tyler Miller (Miller, 2005). The global importance of the environment protection
is recognized be EU28, as well. This is why the environment preservation and improvement represent
main elements of the Europe 2020 Strategy (European Commission, 2010).
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