Germany's environmental progress rated

The German cabinet today approved an environment ministry report on the state of the environment in 2002. The document claims a series of successes for the country's red/green coalition since it took power in 1998: the phase-out of nuclear power; the accompanying shift to renewable energy; a cumulative cut of 18.7% in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels, and ecological tax reform which has begun shiftingt the tax burden from employment to resource use. "Our ecological modernisation has freed the logjam in environmental policy", commented environment minister Jürgen Trittin. See press release.

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