Italian government’s climate pessimism rebuffed

Compliance with EU 2020 targets would produce economic benefits, new study claims

Complying with the EU's climate and energy package would cost Italy a mere 0.1 per cent of GDP, according to a study released last week by WWF Italy.  Compliance would also boost development in several sectors and create jobs, says the report, done by consultants Ecofys.

The findings contradict a report issued by research firm RIE in September.  This claimed that the 2020 goals would cost up to 16 per cent of GDP and has underpinned Italian government opposition to certain elements of the EU package (EED 26/11/08).

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