EU gears up for second climate change programme

Search for policies to counter new rise in emissions to focus on transport and carbon capture

The European Commission will launch a second European climate change programme later this month, to devise new emission-cutting policies to reverse a worrying upward trend in greenhouse gas emissions. The outcome is likely to be a stronger focus on tackling transport emissions and more support for carbon capture and storage.

The new programme (ECCP II) was proposed by the Commission in a paper on future climate policy last February (EED 09/02/05). It will open with a conference on 24 October. A wide range of options will be on the agenda, including renewables, energy efficiency and technology policy.

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