Thursday, 2 October 2008

EU Pushes for Emissions Agreement

The European Union is pushing for a consensus among members on climate change policy in order to have a leading role in the next round of UN talks on cutting greenhouse gasses.

You may recall that the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 and in order to get another agreement it needs to be in place by the end of 2009. The Bali talks last December was the first UN conference paving the way, with further conferences due this December in Poznan, Poland and in December 2009 in Copenhagen, where the final agreement needs to be reached.

The current EU plan is for 20% reduction in emissions (compared with 1990 levels) by 2020, together with generating 20% of energy from renewable sources. The details of the legislation and how it will be achieved are being thrashed out among the EU's 27 governments and the European Parliament.

Reuters reports that France is hoping to get a deal agreed during its EU presidency (in the second half of 2008) in time for the Poznan meeting, but some countries, particularly Poland, disagree with the current plan because they believe it would be damaging to their economy. Poland argues that its electricity prices would increase more than in any other EU state because 95% of its power currently comes from coal generation, which emits more carbon dioxide than other sources.

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