Germany has made significant progress in meeting environmental goals in the four years since the last general election, the German environment ministry has claimed in a report describing policy making from 1994-98. Waste production is now down 10% from 1990 levels, the report says, while energy use has been cut by 4%, water use by businesses by 18% and by households by 8%, and carbon dioxide emissions have fallen 12.5%. Environment minsiter Angela Merkel says that key environmental actions have been taken over the last four years, including investments to improve environmental management in the eastern states and successful passage of a soil protection law earlier this year. Innovation for sustainable mobility will be a central task of future environmental policy making, the minister says, noting measures already passed to favour cleaner vehicles through the tax system and to promote rail transport. The role of industry in helping to achieve sustainable development must be stronger in future, Ms Merkel notes.
German environment ministry, tel: +49 228 3050.
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