Bordon stresses green side of 5-year plan

Italian environment minister rejects NGO criticisms, says plan will address range of issues

A five-year economic plan recently released by the Italian government contains a range of important environmental commitments, environment minister Willer Bordon said on Wednesday. Mr Bordon was responding to claims made by environmental groups that the economic and financial planning document for 2000-2004 did little for the environment, despite promises made by him before its publication (ENDS Daily 13 June).

He told journalists that tax incentives would be introduced to promote energy-saving technologies and support rail and ship transport over road. Economic instruments would also be introduced to cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to meet Italy's commitment under the UN Kyoto climate protocol, Mr Bordon said.

The five-year plan also envisages new measures to reduce water pollution and improve waste management, according to Mr Bordon, as well as a pledge to do more to achieve the overall goal of sustainable development under a national plan devoted to the issue to be unveiled shortly.

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