The EU environment ministers ready for an ambitious plan on less CO2 

By Maj-Britt Meyer Hansen, 23. February 2007

On February 20th the EU environment ministers agreed that the EU’s discharge of greenhouse gasses must be reduced with 20 per cent before 2020 compared with 1990.

The environment ministers would like to go further and work at entering into a new and ambitious climate agreement. If so, the EU are willing to tighten up its own goal to 30 per cent as part of a global agreement. So the object is to get countries like the US, Australia, Japan and Canada to commit to reducing greenhouse gasses.

- The Danish Energy Association supports an ambitious goal from the EU to reduce greenhouse gasses. And preferably more than the 20 per cent the EU environment ministers agreed upon during the meeting on the 20th, says Charlotte Søndergren, Danish Energy Association.

- A fixed ceiling on CO2 combined with the quota trading system of CO2 is an effective way – marketwise – to reduce the discharges of CO2. Particularly when you combine the EU’s trading system with the opportunity to carry out reductions in the developing countries at the same time. That will yield reductions in CO2 where it would be most worth while to do so. Be it establishment of renewable energy, reduction in fossil fuels, energy efficiency and energy savings, says Charlotte Søndergren.

- The Danish Energy Association stress that a follow-up with implementation is in order, which grants uniform regulations and terms for each participant throughout Europe. This is necessary for equal competitive terms. At the same time more participants need to contribute to reach the goals – including the sectors which are not in the quota system today – among these the transportation sector, households and agriculture, as well as several more countries, Charlotte Søndergren emphasizes.

The decisions of the environment ministers will be a part of the EU summit  in Brussels on March 8th and 9th, where heads of state and government will agree upon a joint energy- and climate policy in the EU.


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