Spanish energy market forecast criticised

Greenpeace warns official predictions would mean 10% rise in national CO2 emissions

An official forecast of Spanish energy trends shows that the government has "caved in to blackmail from electricity producers" and will fail to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in line with Kyoto protocol commitments, Greenpeace alleged today.

Released yesterday by the economics ministry, the draft "energy planning report 2002-11" forecasts 3.4% average annual growth in energy consumption, rising to 5% per year for electricity.

Natural gas and renewables are forecast to take an increasing share of electricity production, rising to 34% and 29% respectively by 2010. The share of nuclear will decline from 27% to 20% and coal will collapse from 36% to just 12%, according to the report, which does not estimate implications for CO2 emissions.

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