Dutch think tank urges post-Kyoto planning

Netherlands should start preparing for eventual 80% emissions cut, warn experts

The Netherlands must begin debating now how it will achieve much deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions after the current commitment period under the UN Kyoto climate protocol, according to an energy and environment think tank. Whereas the Dutch emission reduction target to 2008-2012 is 6%, the Energy Policy Platform (EPP) argues that all developed countries will have to eventually cut levels by 80%.

In a new report, the EPP suggests that tougher climate policies are necessary, feasible and affordable. It calls on the government to adopt "technology forcing" policies to introduce clean energy on a wide scale, arguing that energy efficiency measures will not be able on their own to deliver the required emission cuts.

Across the world, it advocates an equitable "carbon budget," with credits shared equally on a per capita basis between the industrialised and developing worlds and emissions trading between the two.

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Energy policy platform report published by CE consultancy, tel: +31 152 150 150; executive summary.

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