Austria launches buildings CO2 offensive

Austria's government is to launch a private investment "offensive" to cut federal buildings' carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 10%, or up to 100,000 tonnes, by 2005, the environment ministry announced on Friday. The move should save up to €7.2m per year in energy costs. The ministry added that potential CO2 reductions could rise to 800,000 tonnes if local government and private households took similar measures. In this case, the total cut would be nearly 10% of Austria's committed climate gas reduction by 2008-12 under the Kyoto protocol. See press release.

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