Germany to table ambitious CO2 cuts proposal

Government wants other EU member states to agree to a 30% greenhouse gas reduction by 2020

The German government will push for a binding agreement at EU level to cut the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions by 30% from 1990 levels by 2020, under the coalition agreement being hammered out by the Social Democrat (SPD) and Green parties. The accord would go far beyond the 1997 Kyoto protocol, which binds the EU to cut emissions by 8% from 1990 levels in the next ten years.

Hans Langguth, spokesperson for the Greens, told ENDS Europe DAILY today that this push for dramatic cuts in EU greenhouse gas emissions was one of his party's key demands in ongoing coalition talks with the SPD, the government's senior partner. As part of its EU initiative, Germany is pledging a unilateral cut in its national emissions by 40% by 2020, something that environmental campaigners have long been advocating (EED 04/01/02).

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