Long-term German CO2 target defended

German environmental advisors have backed moves to set a national goal of cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020. In an opinion released on 21 December, the council of environmental experts (SRU) rejected economics minister Werner Müller's controversial claim made in November that meeting such a target would be financially ruinous (EED 27/11/01). The SRU is to issue a fuller study of the prospects for longer-term greenhouse gas emission reductions in April. See SRU statement and German environment ministry press release.

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