Industry group shifts ground on climate

European directors body adopts conciliatory tone, proposes no-regrets actions on greenhouse gases

An influential European business lobby has called for the first time for "no-regrets" actions to be taken to combat climate change. In a report circulated to governments, the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) has suggested 12 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - not including the EU carbon/energy tax proposals, which it describes as "how to get it wrong". The ERT says that the measures it is proposing could cut EU greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by 2010. Caroline Walcot, the deputy secretary general of ERT, told ENDS Daily that the report was intended to mark a new, positive, tone in the group's position on climate change. She conceded that the organisation's last report on the issue, published in 1994, was "defensive". She said that the ERT was still reluctant to accept a direct link between human activities and climate change. But she accepted that most governments have now accepted a link on the basis of the latest advice from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. ERT m embers feel that they should now become involved in a positive debate with government to promote no-regrets measures on a voluntary basis wherever possible.

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