Austrian greenhouse emissions jump in 2003

Austria's Kyoto protocol greenhouse gas target is slipping out of reach, according to figures released by the environment agency on Thursday. The agency reported a 5.9% rise in greenhouse gas emissions, including a 7.4% rise in CO2, from 2002 to 2003. This took greenhouse gas output to 16.6% above its 1990 level, compared with Austria's commitment to a 13% cut by 2008-12. The agency particularly blamed an 83% rise in transport CO2 since 1990 for the overall increase. Environment minister Josef Pröll insisted that Austria could still meet its Kyoto target. See press release.

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