Austrian climate gas emissions up in 2001
Austrian greenhouse gas emissions rose 4.8% in 2001, according to official figures. The government blamed a cold winter and more use of fossil fuels for the higher than expected increase, which leaves Austria even further adrift of its Kyoto protocol commitment to cut emissions by 13% between 1990 and 2008-12. Austrian emissions exactly matched the 1990 benchmark in 2000 according to the latest EU figures (EED 29/04/02). Environment minister Wilhelm Molterer said the rise vindicated the government's strategy of greening the tax system and increasing reliance on renewable energy. See press release.