Doubt cast over German CO2 cut goal

Trittin rejects statistical office's warning that target of 21% reduction by 2008-12 is "at risk"

Germany's statistical office and environment minister Jürgen Trittin have clashed over whether the country will meet its Kyoto protocol target of reducing greenhouse gases by 21% from 1990 levels by 2008-12.

In the latest annual environmental indicators survey, statistics office head Johann Halen commented that slowing progress in reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions was putting the goal "at risk". Mr Trittin countered with a statement insisting that with continued efforts the target would not only be reached but exceeded.

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