Franco-German ministers call for green action

France and Germany's environment ministers underlined common environmental policy priorities at their latest regular meeting last week. Nelly Olin and Jürgen Trittin called on the USA to play a constructive part in global climate change talks in December and stressed the need for more measures to cut transport greenhouse gas emissions. Aviation should be included in the second phase of the EU's industrial CO2 trading scheme, they said, and agreed targets on cutting CO2 emissions from cars "must be guaranteed". The ministers also backed moves to achieve a first agreement this year on the EU's Reach chemical policy reform. See press release.

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