Germany tables EU and G8 green priorities

Ecologically oriented industrial policy and climate change to top the agenda in 2008 presidencies

German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel has laid out environmental priorities for Germany’s upcoming presidencies of the EU and the G8 group of industrialised countries.  Both start in January.  Climate change and developing an "ecologically-oriented industrial policy" are key commitments.  "We want to develop an energy policy that seeks to combine guaranteed supply and competition on the one hand with environmental and climate protection on the other," Mr Gabriel said in Berlin.  Other priorities will be promotion of renewable energies, biodiversity protection and sustainable mobility.  See press release.

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