Azara Blog: EU environment ministers agree to cut emissions from 1990 levels by 20% by 2020

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Date published: 2007/02/20

The BBC says:

EU environment ministers have agreed in principle to cut greenhouse emissions by 20% from 1990 levels by 2020.

The ministers, meeting in Brussels, also agreed to seek a 30% cut worldwide if matched by other developed nations.

The proposals, outlined by the European Commission in January, are seen as a key measure to curb climate change.

The EU must still decide how to make cuts, allowing for a possible compromise with member states opposed to mandatory targets.

Hungary and Poland, who joined the EU in 2004, are said to have opposed the cuts.

Finland has also reportedly voiced opposition to the Commission's targets.

But German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said his country was prepared to go further and cut emissions by 40%.

You have to wonder if the citizens of Germany are so keen as is their Environment Minister on cutting emissions by 40%. More power to them if they can achieve it without destroying the German economy and without just exporting the emissions to another country. Britain already pledged to reduced emissions by 20%, and is currently expected to miss this target. And the devil is indeed in the detail, how will these cuts be made? One thing you can guarantee is that it is the ordinary people of the EU who will carry the can, not the EU ruling elite.

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