Brighter picture painted of German CO2 trend

German carbon dioxide (CO2) fell in 2001, despite a small increase in gross emissions, according to DIW, the Institute for economic research. While accepting that gross emissions rose by 1.6% (EED 04/02/02), the institute said that, adjusting for cold weather, the real change was minus 0.7%. DIW put the overall emissions cut since 1990 at 13.5%, or 15% when adjusted for temperature changes. It reiterated earlier claims that Germany will not manage to meet its national target of a 25% emissions cut by 2005 (EED 10/02/00). See press release.

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