Ireland can still meet its Kyoto protocol target of limiting greenhouse gas emissions to 13% above 1990 levels by 2008-12, despite currently being way above target, the environment ministry said on Friday. A progress report on Ireland's 2000 climate strategy, released to coincide with EU ratification of the protocol, sets out a range of measures being taken.
According to environment minister Noel Dempsey, "full and active" implementation of the climate strategy should be "sufficient" to ensure the 13% target is met. He warned against complacency: emissions in 2000 were nearly 24% above 1990 levels and the government projects a further rise to 37% by 2010 without the strategy's counter-measures (EED 03/11/00).
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