Germany tables climate legislation package

Promise to lop 40% off greenhouse emissions by 2020 closer to legislative reality after ministers adopt draft laws

German ministers approved a major package of legislative proposals to drive energy efficiency and renewable energy use on Wednesday. Fourteen draft laws address most of the priorities in an ambitious national climate and energy programme agreed in outline in summer (EED 27/08/07). The plan aims to cut greenhouse emissions by 40 per cent to 2020 compared with 1990 levels.

"No other country in the world can travel to the world climate conference in Bali with such an ambitious and at the same time concrete program," German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel boasted. The UK has made similar claims over a recent draft climate law (EED 07/11/07).

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