EU makes its move to ratify Kyoto protocol

Commission urges states to make targets binding by September 2002; proposes tough trading rules

All EU countries should ratify the Kyoto protocol by mid-June next year, the European Commission said today in a legislative proposal. This would see the global climate agreement legally bind the bloc by the close of next year's world sustainability summit in Johannesburg, scheduled for September.

The Commission also unveiled draft rules for an EU-wide carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme. As proposed, the scheme would not allow member states to exempt from trading any of the facilities in industrial sectors set to be covered. In a third climate initiative, the EU executive laid out additional measures it will propose in the first two years of the European climate change programme (ECCP).

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