Electricity industry seeks climate agreement

Eurelectric and European Commission to negotiate agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions

European electricity suppliers have agreed to negotiate with the European Commission to make an agreement for the industry to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. The deal between Eurelectric and the Commission was struck yesterday and announced at a press conference in Brussels today. It follows more than six months of debate within the industry about how to reconcile electricity production with sustainable development. Discussions will begin in earnest in October, and Eurelectric hopes to wrap up an agreement before December's climate change convention in Kyoto. Eurelectric's President, Niek Getting, said today that during the discussions with the Commission, the electricity industry would try to "hammer out an action programme for the coming years where we will fulfil our responsibilities towards sustainable development." Although short on details at this stage, Eurelectric said they would draw up targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with "concrete measures" to achieve them.

Follow Up:
Eurelectric, tel: +32 2 501 1208; European Commission , tel: +32 2 295 1111.

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